Brett the answer for Crusaders?

Date published: April 25 2015

Former Crusaders fly-half Stephen Brett is eager to return to New Zealand for another crack at Super Rugby next season.

Brett is currently based in France playing for Lyon while Dan Carter, Colin Slade and Tom Taylor are all headed to Racing Métro, Pau and Bayonne.

"I still have aspirations back in New Zealand, I want to play my 50 games for the Crusaders but it is just a matter of working out whether they want me first," Brett told Fairfax Media.

"I am yet to hear from them, whether they are looking at me as an option. If I get a call from Hamish (chief executive Hamish Riach) or RJ (high performance manager Richard Smith) I would be keen to have a look at going back. They know I am available and will get in touch if they feel they need to. I still have some good friends at the Crusaders and would love to go back and play with them again."

The 29-year-old left New Zealand back in 2011 after stints with the Crusaders and Blues, spending time in Japan before heading to the Top 14, and more or less saved his career after going for treatment in the United States.

"When I was back in New Zealand I was having problems with my knee and was getting injections every week but I had some treatment in America and ever since I have been playing in Japan and over here (in France) I haven't had those problems," Brett added.

"I can't get over the game of rugby as quick as I used to but I still feel good."