Rebels extend contract for coach Dave Wessels until 2021

Melbourne Rebels coach Dave Wessels believes he has the "best job in the world" so it's little surprise he extended his role with the team until the end of 2021.

Melbourne announced Wessels had signed a two-year extension on Thursdasy and the former Western Force coach is focusing his attention on guiding the Rebels to their first finals series.

Melbourne Rebels coach Dave Wessels. Credit:AAP

"I really believe we can be successful here," Wessels said.

"Melbourne's a wonderful place to be able to do that. The city is sports mad and provides an unbelievable environment for anyone lucky enough to work in sport. As a team, we often talk about the magic of Melbourne.

"I honestly have the best job in the world – coming to work every day with young men who want to get better and an incredibly committed team of staff who give everything to help create the environment for that to happen, and an incredibly supportive CEO and board.

"We've made some good progress but there is still so much to be done."

After making mass changes to the playing list last season, following Western Force’s exit from Super Rugby, this off-season has seen only a handful of new players arrive led by Quade Cooper and Luke Jones.

Rebels chief executive Baden Stephenson praised Wessels for his leadership since signing on at the end of 2017.

"The transformation of this club into a genuine high performance rugby program during Dave's tenure is nothing short of remarkable," Stephenson said.

"His ability to inspire those around him, from assistant coaches to players and backroom staff, is a testament to the leader he is and he is still his own hardest taskmaster.

"His talent and potential as a coach motivated us very strongly to be proactive in making this offer to extend Dave's contract.

"He was in demand elsewhere and his recommitment to the club is the greatest endorsement I can offer players, members, partners, fans and the wider Victorian rugby community that we have a lot to be excited about in the years to come.

"We are confident we have an experienced Super Rugby coach who can take us all the way."

The Rebels start their season against the ACT Brumbies in Canberra next Friday.

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