Quentin MacDonald could be a Chief in 2013
Quentin MacDonald has not discounted the possibility of wearing the Chiefs colours next season.
MacDonald, who debuted for the Crusaders in 2010 but has struggled for regular starts behind Corey Flynn, acknowledged he is still considering where he will play his Super Rugby in 2013.
While indicating he could re-sign with the Crusaders, MacDonald, who has played for Tasman since 2007, didn't discount a switch to the Chiefs.
"There have just been little chats [with the Chiefs] but nothing has been finalised at present."
Although Chiefs coach Dave Rennie may be interested in MacDonald, a mobile ball-carrier who has proven an effective impact player off the bench for the Crusaders, he was hardly short-changed by Mahonri Schwalger and Hika Elliot this season.
Ex-Samoa captain Schwalger has already confirmed he has re-signed for the title-holders and Elliot, who was recalled into an All Blacks training camp this season and made his test debut against Scotland in 2010, is understood to have also inked a deal for two years.
MacDonald, who is not interested in moving overseas but has not re-signed with Tasman, hinted he would like to be based in one city.
That could see him also align with Hamilton-based Waikato, who have used Marcel Cummings-Toone and Vance Elliot as their hookers this season, and also being picked-up by the Chiefs.
"I would love to come back to Tasman but it depends where I end up I guess. I have been doing the commute thing for quite a while between Christchurch and Tasman," 24-year-old MacDonald added.
"It [going to the Chiefs] could be a potential option. They have got two hookers up there anyway, so it is just about where you fit. I haven't really sorted anything that far out yet. It's all up in the air at the moment."
If MacDonald doesn't return to the Crusaders it means coach Todd Blackadder will search for an additional hooker to join Flynn and Ben Funnell.
Meanwhile, sources have stated Canterbury wing Sean Maitland, who has been de-listed by the Crusaders, is not being courted by the Highlanders.
Earlier reports had noted Maitland, who has been knocked out of the ITM Cup with a finger injury, could be bound for the southern franchise but the organisation is understood to have made no contact with the 24-year-old.
Blues coach John Kirwan, who is looking to rebuild his squad after taking over from Pat Lam, yesterday told The Press he had not spoken to Maitland.
Although being delisted means Maitland is free to join other teams, there is also a possibility he may still return to the Crusaders through the draft when coaches meet on October 30. Players have until October 23 to sign for another franchise.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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