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Emery signs with Highlanders

PETER LAMPP
Last updated 06:33 03/10/2012
Jason Emery
MURRAY WILSON/Fairfax NZ
Green to blue: Manawatu player Jason Emery has signed with the Highlanders.

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There was good news after last night’s Turbos defeat —  centre Jason Emery has been signed to a Super Rugby contract by the Highlanders.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph talked to Emery’s agent before Manawatu beat Northland and he signed about a week ago.

Emery has had an agent since he was a Palmerston North Boys’ High School fifth-former.

‘‘It’s exciting but I’ve go to focus on the Turbos as well,’’ he said.

‘‘It is just frustrating we haven’t performed out there.’’

Many times he went close to the tryline last night only to be hauled down.

Emery turned 19 only 12 days ago and is again eligible for the New Zealand under-20s if he doesn’t get game time for the Highlanders.

He was one of the New Zealand stars at the world junior championships in South Africa this year.

Emery was sailing away for a try last night only to be called back for a marginal forward pass. His verdict: ‘‘It wasn’t forward; flat at best,’’ he grinned.

He expects to shift to Dunedin in early December.

A tip that Taranaki’s former Manawatu player Andre Taylor had signed with Manawatu was not confirmed last night.

But there have been talks, Manawatu would have him back if they can come to terms and are likely to make an offer.

Taylor is understood to have a house in Wellington and might want to move closer.

Chief executive John Knowles confirmed Manawatu will be looking to strengthen the team for next year.

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