Barrett signs with NZR until 2019
Wellington: Beauden Barrett signs up with NZ Rugby until 2019 Money doesn’t bring you happiness. There couldn’t be a truer statement for Beauden Barrett. Several offers from overseas clubs came in for the All Blacks first-five as his contract with New Zealand Rugby was edging to a close, but Barrett wasn’t interested. No, the money on offer up north wasn’t considered in the slightest. All that mattered was wearing black, be it the stripes associated with Taranaki, the swirl of the Hurricanes or the only colour associated with the national team. “Playing footy in New Zealand, it’s as good as it gets,” Barrett said.
“The black jersey was a huge factor. I love playing for the Hurricanes, I love the Naki, always a Naki boy, and obviously the black jersey, every opportunity I get to pull it on, it’s why I play rugby.” Hurricanes fans will be pleased he has committed to playing at Westpac Stadium for the next three years, given all the talk about a potential move north to join Tana Umaga and the Blues. Barrett said that was never a real option. “It was clear in my mind right from the start, although there was a little bit of speculation.
“Particularly after the season we’ve had, or the last two seasons we’ve had, the core group of players we have and the talent that’s around. “[The Blues] was never an option.” Heading overseas was also off the table, despite a number of offers coming in for his services. Barrett admitted that his agent had been approached by overseas teams, and it was suggested French clubs were among those. There is huge money on offer up north, but Barrett wasn’t ever tempted. “To be honest, there were negotiations or approaches made to my agent, Warren, but that’s where it was left.
“I never got into any of those discussions, I was clear where I wanted to be and my job was just to focus on playing footy. It never progressed too far at all.
“I’ve just realised this last six years has gone really quick, so it’s always in the back of your mind, what’s going to happen down the track. “When it comes to the serious negotiations or considerations, New Zealand rugby is the only thing in my mind at the moment.” Confidence if flowing through Barrett’s veins at the minute, hence he signed the longest deal of his professional career. - Stuff