Brumbies still unsure about Mortlock signing

ACT Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan has resigned himself to the fact that he is unlikely to have finalised Stirling Mortlock’s future before the Super 14 season begins this Friday.


Fagan was hopeful signing Mortlock before the Brumbies play the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday night and therefore settling Mortlock’s future with the club.


The reality though is that Fagan has not spoken to Mortlock or his manager Nick Johnston for five days and it now seems unlikely that the signing will take place in the next fortnight.


“Stirling is still sorting out a few bits and pieces from the ARU side of things,” Fagan told the Canberra Times.


“I don’t think there’s much more to do from our end. He understands the offer from our end which I believe he is happy with so there’s not a great deal else we can do but sit back and wait.


“I’m certainly hopeful it will all be taken care of within the next two weeks.”


The Brumbies have offered a two year deal that will be backed by the ARU and if he signs the deal it means that Mortlock will be with the club until the end of 2010.


The problem is that Mortlock has also been offered a reported $3.75 million three-year deal from a Japanese Top League club and there has been interest from Europe as well.


The offer from Japan is worth more than the Brumbies deal but Mortlock says that he wants to stick around and nurture new Wallaby talent.


“Nothing has happened the past week or so that makes me think it’s still not his preferred choice to stay here,” Fagan said.


“It’s now simply a family and personal decision for Stirling.


“Together with what is left for him to still achieve here in Australia, I think he has the desire to continue.

 

“There’s obviously significant interest overseas and, being a 30-year-old in the last two or three years of his career, he has to weigh up those big-money offers but we’re not pushing him for an answer.

 

“There has been no deadline placed on him.”

 

Super14.com

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