Beauden Barrett re-signs with the Hurricanes
Beauden Barrett has committed to two more years with the Hurricanes.
The first five-eighth confirmed his decision today in what was a massive boost for incoming coach Chris Boyd.
Barrett had been linked with the Blues but it was understood earlier this month he turned down a multi-year offer worth close to $1 million in favour of staying in Wellington.
The 23-year-old's loyalty to the Hurricanes would further win over his growing army of fans at a franchise he's played for since 2011.
Barrett was Super Rugby's leading scorer this season with 209 points and was in the form of his life making him one of the most sought after players on the market as his contract came to an end.
From Taranaki, he has played 52 matches for the Hurricanes, scoring 594 points, but has yet to lead the side to an elusive playoff spot.
That may, or may not happen depending on results of the final round of Super Rugby, but regardless, Barrett has made it clear he is happy at the franchise.
"We have a relatively young team here, and I really enjoy the role I play within the squad - it's been great for my overall rugby development,'' he said.
"While some of our results this year have been a bit up and down, I feel as a team we have improved in what has been a really tight competition, and hopefully we have some luck this weekend so we are still in with a chance of making the playoffs."
Barrett said he had offers to move away, but felt he had unfinished business with the Hurricanes and was looking forward to working with Boyd and assistant John Plumtree next season.
With Barrett and star wing Julian Savea both locked in for 2015, the new coaches have secured two of their most valuable and sought after assets.
A backline of TJ Perenara, Barrett, possibly Ma'a Nonu from the Blues, Conrad Smith, Savea, Cory Jane and Matt Proctor and Jason Woodward at fullback, shaped as one of the best in Super Rugby.
To lose Barrett in particular, would have been a disaster for a franchise that lost Aaron Cruden to the Chiefs and has watched him guide them to back-to-back Super Rugby titles.
Losing another top quality first five-eighth would have been unpalatable and Hurricanes chief executive James Te Puni was unsprisingly thrilled to have Barrett's signature on a contract.
"Beaudy is a young man with incredible talent, and it's great to know he's chosen to be with us for the next two years.
"He has a huge following throughout the country, and we know having him in the No 10 jersey for us really strengthens the Hurricanes team on and off the field."