Evans set to put family over pay cheque
October 10, 2012
Nick Evans' current contract with Harlequins expires at the end of this season © Getty Images
Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea insists fly-half Nick Evans' decision regarding his playing future will be based on what is best for his family and not on the money.
Evans' current contract with the Premiership champions expires at the end of this season with negotiations regarding a contract extension on-going. The 32-year-old former All Blacks international is also thought to be considering offers from France and Japan but O'Shea is confident his first-choice playmaker is not financially motivated.
"He would have left here two years ago if it was about money," O'Shea told the Daily Telegraph ahead of his side's Heineken Cup opener against Biarritz at The Stoop on Saturday.
"We know that the money is bigger elsewhere that is the nature of it. This might sound a very odd thing to say about a professional sports person, but it is not money that is going to drive this decision for him. It is his family.
"Nick is well looked after by the club but I totally and utterly believe the decision will be driven by what is best for him and his family and where they will be in the next few years.
"The playing group both on and off the field hope to have him here and the supporters want him here. If he stays, we will be over the moon. If he doesn't this will be a year that he will want to sign off doing something special."
Evans, who joined Quins from the Auckland-based Blues in 2008, has expressed his gratitude to the club for not making him rush his decision. "Conor has been fantastic" said Evans. "There is no pressure either way. For me it is about gathering as much information as I can for post-rugby as well as where my family are going to be best suited over the next three years. It is great that I am not being forced into making a decision and I really applaud the club for that. It would be easy for them to put the pressure on for me to make a decision."
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