Giteau so happy in Perth he may consider re-signing

Western Force fly half Matt Giteau insists that he is so happy to play in Perth that he will consider and re-signing with the Super 14 club beyond 2009 and that he has no problem with his coach John Mitchell.


There has been no end of rumours that Giteau was ready to walk out of the club in order to play for his former club the Brumbies after his lucrative third party sponsorship deal with Firepower collapsed.


There have been almost as many reports that the Force players including Giteau were not happy with Mitchell’s coaching style and the club has even started a review of Mitchell’s coaching style amongst other things.


Twenty Six year old, Giteau has however rejected claims that he was involved in a player revolt that led to the inquiry into Mitchell, saying he was away on Wallabies duties when the inquiry was launched.


“That can be put to bed, I wasn’t even here,” Giteau told AAP on Monday.


“I’ve found him good.


“With all coaches you are always going to have your run-ins or disagreements.


“I’ve felt there might have been times where we’ve disagreed but we’ve both moved on and done what’s best for the team.


“All the boys seem to be happy … so, no, I can’t really see anybody here who’s unhappy with Mitch.”


Giteau also scoffed at suggestions that he was desperate to leave the Force, only to be told he had no choice but to see out the rest of his contract.


“See a lot of the stuff that was said (in the media) wasn’t actually said by me,” Giteau said.


“So I tried to stay away from that and focus on football, and when I had my break that was when I was going to decide what to do.


“I looked at certain things but in the end I’ve enjoyed my time here and I wanted to honour the last year of my contract.”


But he did admit he was tempted by a deal worth almost $10 million to move to French side Bayonne.


“Yeah, it was (tempting) but, again, nothing I really thought of seriously,” Giteau said.


“It was just an offer that was put to me and I quickly decided that I want to stay in Australia.


“I want to play my best football in what I believe is the best competition and that’s Super 14 and playing for Australia.


“It (playing overseas) is something I do want to do at some stage but when I do it I’m not too sure.”


Giteau added that he was happy in Perth where he has bought a house and is dating Bianca Franklin, who plays netball for the West Coast Fever and is the sister of Hawthorn AFL star Lance Franklin.


“Home’s here,” Giteau said.


“I’ve got a place here, I love Perth (and the) surfing … it’s got everything I like doing.”


Giteau said that he would look at a number of items when the time comes to re-sign with the club including what other players have signed up and who will be coach before he decides whether to extend his stay with the Force beyond ’09.

 

Super14.com

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