Some strange reports over the weekend suggested that Reds and Wallaby scrumhalf Will Genia had opted to accepts a massive offer to join the struggling Western Force. With the playmaker apparently valuing money above common sense, his decision seemed to have been made, to the extent that the Reds announced on Saturday that he’d be leaving at the end of the current season.
In a move sure to alienate more than a few folks in the western metropolis that is Perth, though, he’s apparently had a change of heart and opted to sign a 3-year extension in Brisbane, for less money.
You’ve got to say that this is probably the right move for Genia (or, rather, the right lack-of-move) given how many marquee players have been lured to Perth on big-money packages, only fail to make any impact and leave again shortly afterwards. While the lad hasn’t done himself too many favours in the eyes of the rugby public (I can imagine there are some Reds fans who are now battling to decide whether they’re angry or relieved), it’s always good to see a player opting to stay loyal to a team despite a big offer from elsewhere.
According to reports, Genia changed his mind after the Reds beat the Blues, citing the incredible feeling of satisfaction that came with that win. Then again, if beating the Blues in 2012 is now considered the yardstick, Genia and his Reds team mates can probably forget about winning too many more trophies in the immediate future. Hey – at least he’s happy, though. Money can’t buy that, apparently!Tweet