Hard-working Manawatu flanker Callum Gibbins has signed a full-time contract with the Hurricanes for next season.

The 25-year-old has spent the past two years in the club's wider training group where he has carved out a reputation as being the fittest player in the squad, while he has also been a successful leader of the development team.

Born and raised in Taranaki, Gibbins made his debut for Manawatu in 2009 and said it had always been a goal of his to become a full member of the Hurricanes.

"I'm extremely happy to have signed with the Hurricanes. It's an opportunity I've worked really hard for, and now that it has come, I'm pretty excited."

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Gibbins has also signed with Manawatu until the end of the 2016 ITM Cup.

Given the impending overseas departures of flankers Jack Lam and Faifili Levave, Gibbins will add further depth to the Hurricanes' loose forward stocks.