Kerr unruffled by club limbo
August 17, 2007
Scotland prop Gavin Kerr claims the uncertainty over where he is going to play club rugby after the World Cup has not been allowed to divert his focus away from next month's big event.
The 30-year-old moved from Leeds Tykes to the Border Reivers on a three-year contract last summer - but when the Galashiels-based team was closed down earlier this year he found himself thrust into a state of limbo.
However, he is confident the Scottish Rugby Union will honour the final two years of his contract by re-deploying him at either Glasgow or Edinburgh next season.
``As far as the future goes I've tried not to think about it much and keep focused on the World Cup,'' said Kerr.
``I know that I have two years of a three-year contract still to go and no-one has said to me that that contract is in any danger.
``So while I expected to be going to Glasgow, as we were told Borders boys with contract-time left would, it might be that I go to Edinburgh now with what has happened there,'' he added.
Kerr was referring to the fact the capital side has now been brought back under SRU control after last summer's attempt to franchise the club to a consortium headed by music impresario Bob Carruthers ended in acrimony.
``I know I'll be with one of those clubs next season and I'm quite happy with that. I came back a year ago and my wife and I, and our young children, are settled near Galashiels. When the Borders folded I had to consider options down south, but we don't want to be leaving Scotland again,'' he continued.
``I'm still waiting to see what will happen, but at this moment in time I just want to concentrate on the World Cup and play well there, and then take it from there.''
Kerr missed last weekend's victory over Ireland through injury, but he expects to be fit to face South Africa on Saturday week, and he hopes to use that opportunity to underline his credentials as Scotland's first-choice loose-head.
``I pulled a few ligaments and badly bruised the big toe joint during the ten-a-side tournament we played when we were in camp at St Andrews two weeks ago; and when you play prop, pushing off from your toes is pretty important,'' he explained.
``But I have been training all this week and did a full session with the squad today, and the toe seems to be fine.
``I was a little bit worried to start with when it flared up, but the physios were quite happy. I was disappointed to miss the Ireland game - they played well and that puts more pressure on you to perform - but I am available for the South Africa game and I'd love to play because it gives you the chance to put a marker down.''
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