Kaino ponders overseas move
February 3, 2012
Jerome Kaino was arguably the All Blacks' star performer during their Rugby World Cup triumph © Getty Images
All Blacks star Jerome Kaino has revealed he may move overseas following the forthcoming Super Rugby season.
The 28-year-old loose forward took a starring role in New Zealand's recent Rugby World Cup triumph and was subsequently shortlisted for the International Rugby Board Player of the Year award. However, the 48-Test veteran could soon be lost to New Zealand rugby if he opts for a fresh challenge when his current contract with the Blues expires.
"All options are open at the moment when my contract's up," he told the Radiosport. "I'll make sure my management do the best job for me to see where we go from there. At the moment I'm enjoying footy in New Zealand.
"It's foreign territory for me, having other clubs being interested in you. I've heard some stories of other clubs that I'm signing with that I haven't even heard of. At the moment I have the Super 15 ahead of me and I just want to really enjoy that before I look at other options."
Kaino, who made his Test debut in 2006, played all but 30 seconds of New Zealand's seven-match World Cup campaign and beat captain Richie McCaw to the prestigious Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year award.
"I'm still looking back at what happened in 2011 and that was a huge year," he told Radiosport. "Looking forward to this season, it's going to be tough to replicate it. That's the whole part of sport, challenge yourself to try and get better and I think that's the goal this year.
"People put a lot of focus on individual performances and I think as a collective our whole All Blacks squad and the Blues squad played well last year and that just allowed me to play my game. If both teams do the same this year, we'll get better performances as individuals."
Fellow All Blacks Brad Thorn, Mils Muliaina and Stephen Donald all took up overseas contracts after the World Cup and Dan Carter and McCaw had sabbatical clauses written into their latest contracts that were signed last year which could be an option for Kaino.
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