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Horan laughs off latest Northern Hemisphere rumours
Brisbane
May 5, 2000

Tim Horan reacted with a wry smile today to the latest story doing the rounds about his rugby union future.

"What is it this time?" Horan asked. "I remember last year, I was supposed to have signed with a club in southern France and was about to board a plane to go there."

This morning's claim wasn't as detailed but continued to fire up the rumours surrounding the future of the Wallaby centre. A London-based journalist told a New Zealand radio station Horan was one of three Super 12 players who had already signed to play in Europe next season.

Horan, Auckland Blues five-eighth Carlos Spencer and Chiefs No.8 Isitolo Maka were allegedly bound for the northern hemisphere, but Horan claimed it was news to him.

"I've said plenty of times that I haven't made a decision on what I'll do next year and I certainly won't be rushed," Horan said. "Trying to get into the Super 12 finals is the most important thing at the moment and the rest can wait until after that. I've got several options - Europe is one of those - but I'll sit down with a quiet beer after the Super 12 and work something out."

Last year was tipped to be Horan's final season with the Wallabies until his brilliant World Cup performance. Just two weeks shy of his 30th birthday, Horan is certainly not slowing down with age and has been a standout for Queensland this season. His remarkable try for Queensland against the Stormers last month was one of the best in his long list of individual highlights.

"I'm playing a lot more relaxed this year and I'm just trying to enjoy the games more," he said. "I'm eventually going to have to make a hard decision but it can wait for now."

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