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Thorn set for another year

09th July 2013 14:59


Brad Thorn Highlanders SR 2013

Still going strong: Brad Thorn

At the tender age of 38, All Black lock Brad Thorn plans to play for the Highlanders for another year.

The veteran second rower, who has 60 caps for New Zealand, hopes his contract with the Highlanders will be finalised in the "next few days".

"I'm keen to play some more footy. I feel pretty good, but I just need a break,'' he told the Border Mail.

''It would be nice to have a break like everybody else. It would just be nice to feel that excitement and hunger," he added.

''I've had a crazy amount of footy, especially in the last two and a half years, and that was backed up by a lot of footy before that too.

"If you think about ... the Crusaders and no home games, the All Blacks and the World Cup and 24 years since we'd won it. Some guys had three months off while I went straight to Japan, then to Leinster and then back to Japan and then into a tough old season, probably the toughest of my career.''

And although Thorn is the oldest player of Super Rugby he still has the legs to last 80 minutes and was even promoted captain in the absence of Andrew Hore.

''I just need a break, it's that simple.''

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