Australian flyhalf Matt Giteau has requested ‘proper discussions’ with his Super 14 bosses, the Western Force, as rumours abound that he is determined to leave Perth and head back to Canberra.
Rugby 365 reports that Giteau, speaking to the Sunday Herald Sun, dismissed the suggestion that he will take up a lucrative deal at a cash-flush French club.
However, he has given his strongest indication yet that he may not play Super 14 in Perth for much longer.
“I want to be playing in Australia, but I can’t say where that will be,” he said from London before flying to the US for Christmas.
The Australian No.10 is contracted to Force until the end of the 2009 competition and is also the subject of a AU$8 million, four-year offer from French club Bayonne.
He said he has had no talks with Force since leaving on the Wallabies tour.
“That’s been a problem,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind talking to them. I need to sit down and talk it over with the Force, my manager, my family and girlfriend. I’ve got to sit down and have a lengthy, proper discussion and get a few things clear.
“Australian rugby is where I want to be. Playing for the Wallabies is something special and we’re embarking on something special.”
Australian Rugby Union Chief Executive John O’Neill has also poured cold water over suggestion that Giteau could be lured to France on a similar ‘sabbatical’ deal as that afforded to New Zealand start Dan Carter, who has been given the green light by the New Zealand Rugby Union for a short-term stay in France.
“As far as we’re concerned he is not going anywhere,” O’Neill has said, repeatedly, in the past few weeks.
The Force, obviously keen to keep a player of Giteau’s calibre, is confident it has a binding contract.
But Giteau said the deciding factor would not be money.
“I need a break from rugby. I need to freshen up and think about things away from rugby,” he said.
“While I’m away I’ll take a good look at where I want to be.”Tweet