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The New Zealand Rugby Union will not rush Crusaders and All Black number 10 Dan Carter into signing a new contract that they have offered him despite him being chased by wealthy northern hemisphere clubs.


NZRU chief executive Steve Tew says that the NZRU was prepared to give Carter space.


“We would like to settle it as soon as Dan is ready to make a decision, but he must really drive that timetable because we don’t want to put any more pressure on him that he’s already got,” Tew told The Press.


“We will let his decision-making take its course. It’s not just about him, it’s about his partner Honor (Dillon) as well.”


Carter whose whose NZRU contract expires at the end of the year has not commented on the deal and his agents from the Auckland-based company Global Sports Management have not commented either causing many to speculate on his future.


“I have caught up with Dan since he has been injured and we have put an option in front of him now which he is considering,” said Tew.


“At the end of the day the money that is being offered our guys is very, very attractive. “


“They are young people with aspirations to set themselves up for life and we have to be realistic.”


Carter is currently injured and has not played for the Crusaders since late last month after seriously spraining his ankle. During his time off he has been pondering the option of taking a sabbatical to play for a rich overseas club while remaining contracted to the NZRU.


The NZRU wants to tailor packages for its marquee players so they can play overseas and earn massive salaries before returning to represent the All Blacks.


This kind of arrangement has been done before and worked for former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga who played for Toulon over the New Zealand summer of 2006-07 before coming back to represent the Hurricanes and Wellington.


Umaga’s career was however coming to an end and he had already quit the All Blacks while Carter is rated as one the world’s best number 10’s and he is in his prime.


“Yes, it is something we think might work for Dan,” Tew said.


“It’s not new, it’s been done before and we think it would be a sensible option we would like to discuss with Dan and his team.


“It’s not unusual in other industries, so we are going to put that on the table for some guys we think it might work for. Maybe we have to tailor our offers for the individual.”


Tew also acknowledged that the NZRU needed to recognise that players do not want to be away from their families for long periods so some players should not have to go on every tour.

 

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