Speight set on finalising future

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Henry Speight is weighing up lifestyle and love, as he nears a decision on his playing future in the coming fortnight.

Speight has long been a target of cashed up French clubs and the 29-year-old, who is off contract at the end of 2018, met with said clubs while overseas on the Spring Tour with the Wallabies.

While the lure of basing himself in France was a strong one, Speight said his love for the Brumbies and more broadly, Canberra, made the decision as tough a call as he has had to make.

"It's always a massive lure to go over and experience something different," Speight said.

"If you're in France or the UK, everywhere in Europe is within travelling distance and there is a lot of pluses to that.

"But there are also a lot of things to weigh up before making that decision.Speight is weighing up his future. Photo: Getty Images"Canberra is home for me and the priority for me is to stay."

Another factor that both the Brumbies and Rugby Australia have in their favour is the additional attraction of the 2019 World Cup, though Speight said that would not be his primary reason for staying put.

"It's still the ultimate goal - it is for everyone that plays here," Speight said.

"The lure of the Wallabies jersey is still very strong.

"For me, personally, it's still something I want to achieve - to go to a second World Cup would be amazing.

"(But) that's a secondary reason.

"The primary reason is that I love being part of the Brumbies.The lure of the 2019 World Cup entices Speight. Photo: Getty Images"I love the Brumbies, I love Canberra and I love Canberra as a place to live.

"Leaving would be a very tough decision and that's something that is weighing very heavily on my mind.

"Hopefully we can sort something out in the coming days or week."

With Speight eager to seal the deal prior to the start of the Super Rugby season, coach Dan McKellar said the club would endeavour to secure the services of the Fijian flyer as quickly as possible.

"We want to keep Henry, I've said that a number of times," he said.

"He has been at the club a long time and he is part of the community now in Canberra.Dan McKellar is keen to keep his star winger. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"The clubs overseas, there is always going to be that financial element to things, isn't there.

"Henry knows we want to keep him and he knows how important he is to this team.

"At the end of the day it comes down to his individual decision.

"We just have to communicate with the player and obviously we are keen for him to stay around and contribute as he still has a lot to offer."

The club expects David Pocock to return to training next week, fresh off a disappointing Top League final loss with Panasonic Wild Knights.

The star flanker was replaced at half time after suffering a head knock but McKellar said there was no further injury concerns for the 29-year-old.

The Brumbies open their Super Rugby season on Saturday February 24, against the Sunwolves in Japan, kicking off at 3:15pm AEDT. 2018 Brumbies memberships available here.

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