Todd hints at Crusaders stay

Date published: July 5 2016

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Crusaders openside flanker Matt Todd has hinted he could extend his stay in Canterbury past his current deal, which is set to expire in 2017.

Todd, who has been one of the most consistent performers for the seven-time champions over recent seasons, will soon have a decision to make.

Unfortunately the 28-year-old is sitting behind Sam Cane and Ardie Savea in New Zealand's pecking order so more international caps are uncertain.

But that is not a concern for busy flank Todd, who gave a mature response to the All Black question when discussing where his future could lie.

"It is a tough team to make, that is why they are so successful," he told Stuff.

"There are a lot of good players that don't make it – you don't get too caught-up worrying about that, you just worry about the team you are playing for and that is the Crusaders at the moment.

"You can only give it your best shot."

A growing number of players in the southern hemisphere have gone down the route of signing deals in Japan, which mean they do not miss the Super Rugby season. Again though Todd showed he will not be driven by financial means and that his future decision will be a careful call.

"There is more that comes into it than just money," he added. "When my contract comes up (for renewal or otherwise) it is certainly something I will weigh up as well.

"I love playing for Crusaders and Canterbury, and have always lived in this area, so I enjoy it."

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