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Waratahs bag Jack Maddocks from Rebels

Jack Maddocks of the Rebels takes on the defence Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

The NSW Waratahs may add another back to their roster after being boosted ahead of the Super Rugby season by securing Wallabies utility Jack Maddocks in a transfer from Melbourne Rebels.

The youngster, who played six Tests under Michael Cheika, looms as a possible fullback option to replace sacked star Israel Folau.

In addition to representing Australia in sevens where he could play alongside his brother Will, returning to the Wallabies set-up after missing out on the 2019 World Cup is clearly a goal for Maddcoks.

"I didn't play as well as what I can towards the back end of last year and I'm not going to hide behind any other reasons other than maybe I didn't prepare myself well enough, but I'm not going to make excuses," Maddocks said.

"Missing out on the World Cup was a tough blow but I'm still young and I think the goal for me as a player is to keep improving."

A homesick Maddocks wanted to return to Sydney and the Rebels were hoping to get a player swap but that did not occur and it's believed there was a financial agreement.

"We tried to assist the Melbourne guys in terms of their recruitment needs, I guess it got too late in the piece and it just got too hard," new Waratahs' coach Rob Penney said.

"We've supported them in another area which will allow them not to feel as though they've been pillaged completely."

The Waratahs face sharing 22-year-old Maddocks with the Australian Sevens program, which he has been involved with in recent months ahead of the Tokyo Olympics campaign.

"I think there's a fair bit of negotiation to go on there and I'll leave that to the back room to sort out," Penney said.

"The last thing we want to do is compromise Jack's desires in whatever area he wants to go.

A five-eighth into his late teens, Maddocks has played fullback and winger in more recent times.

"Jack can play right across the backline, he's got speed, skill and creativity with the ball in hand," said New Waratahs' coach Rob Penney, who described Maddocks as a wonderfully talented player.

"Bringing him back gives us a range of options in the way we'd like to set up."

He said the Waratahs were looking at adding one more back.

Maddocks nominated family as the main reason for returning to Sydney.

"It wasn't a real possibility till the last couple of months, a lot of people worked real hard behind the scenes," Maddocks said.