Killingworth extends Sevens deal for two years

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by Beth Newman

Boyd Killingworth will stay in the “best job in the world” for another two years, after inking a contract extension with the Australian Rugby Sevens this week.

Six months ago, Killingworth was playing for a full-time Sevens contract on the Central Coast but after strong form in the World Series, his future is set in the sport.

There was no debate in his mind about re-signing, with the 24-year-old saying he knew from day one he wanted to stay in the Sevens fold.

“It’s the best job in the world,” he said.

“You get to train and hang out with good bunch of guys during the week and then travel the world with them.”

While he always knew he wanted to stick around the sport, with just an initial one-year contract, the former North Harbour Ray said he was relieved to get the agreement done.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about it,” he said.

“I only signed for a year but I wanted to stay here so all I could have done was just concentrated on playing well.

“I’ve been rewarded with this contract and it’s a relief knowing my immediate future is sorted.”

Boyd Killingworth has shown form in the World Series so far. Photo: Getty Images

Killingworth is in it for the long haul, hoping to be around for the 2020 Olympics.

“I’ll be 26 by the time contract and I think I can at least go to 30, we’ll just see if I’m still performing,” he said.

“I’m entering the peak stage - 24-28, so hopefully I start playing the best footy of my life.”

Killingworth’s immediate focus is on this weekend’s Singapore Sevens, where Australia will be looking to continue its best run in the past 15 years.

In a late change for the Aussie Sevens ahead of Singapore, Cam Clark will be heading home this week, with Tom Kingston replacing him in the tournament.

Kingston missed Hong Kong with a hamstring injury and gives Clark an opportunity to rest up, along with captain Ed Jenkins.

Killingworth said there was a hunger in the side to taste Cup glory for the first time since 2012.

“We may be making people's standards but we’re not happy with just making semis, it’s not our aim to just make semis, we want to  be winning," he said.

“We want better and expect better. We’re putting in a lot of hard work and we want to be winning.”