Scott Eade keen on Stags halfback role

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 25/01/2014
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RUNNING AWAY: Southland's Scott Eade scampers away for a try in the second half as the Stags came back to defeat Otago 38-32 in Dunedin.

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Everywhere Scott Eade goes at the moment he gets asked the same question - nine or 10?

It's not a math quiz, it's a decision he's facing on whether to focus his blooming rugby career as a halfback, or as a first-five.

The decision has been thrown into focus with the departure of Marty McKenzie to Taranaki, leaving the Stags a little short in a playmaking position which was once crowded by Eade, McKenzie and Robbie Robinson.

Eade, who has signed on with Rugby Southland for a further two years, has had initial discussions with incoming Stags coach Brad Mooar, but didn't talk about a specific position.

He was impressive in both positions, sometimes in the same game, last season, before appearing to get a little fatigued later in the campaign.

"It's a question everyone has been asking me the last couple of weeks," Eade said.

"I spent a week up at the Highlanders before Christmas and I was there as a halfback. I've talked to a few people after the [NPC] season and my focus has been on playing halfback this year.

"Now with Marty leaving - I haven't sat down and talked to Brad yet about what he wants. I want to develop more as a nine and I'm only going to do that by playing club rugby there."

Eade, who is recovering from a hamstring strain picked up playing for Southland at the national sevens finals in Rotorua earlier this month, said the decision to stick with Southland had been a simple one.

"I'm a pretty sort of loyal person and when I weighed it up I had the option of signing for one or two years and I couldn't really imagine myself playing for any other province in New Zealand. I'm pretty happy here so it was an easy decision."

Rugby Southland general manager Brian Hopley was pleased Eade would be in maroon for the next two seasons.

"We are delighted to have secured the services of Scott. . He is a promising young player who contributes well to our organisation both on and off the field. We are confident he will continue to develop his skills and push for higher honours during the 2014 and 2015 [NPC] campaigns."

Meanwhile, it's understood Rugby Southland are in negotiations with Stags captain and new Chiefs prop Jamie Mackintosh about his future.

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