Carter will be 'just one of the lads' in comeback
Rugby's multimillion-dollar man Dan Carter is happy to stay humble.
He may be lauded as one of the greatest players of all time, yet Carter reckons he will be just one of the lads during his long-awaited comeback for Southbridge in their Canterbury combined-country club playoff match against Glenmark on Saturday afternoon.
Carter's most recent appearance, for the All Blacks against England in London on November 16 last year, was in front of 82,000 spectators.
On Saturday the crowd will be of more modest proportions, but just because he is a 100-test veteran, it does not give him licence to be a big shot.
''No, not at all. I will just ease my way into it and just try to fit in, in the best possible way,'' Carter, 32, said yesterday.
''I know quite a few players out there which makes it a bit easier. I'm just looking to fitting in, just like any other club player.''
When the first five-eighth last played for Southbridge in 2009 it was in front of several thousand fans at Denton Oval.
This weekend he will be at ''home'' performing for the club that helped him take the first tiny steps to being a superstar.
Carter, who won't play for the Crusaders against England next Tuesday, expects to play only 40 minutes but said he was busting to get involved with Southbridge.
''It's going to be refreshing,'' he added. ''It does help that you have ties with the club. Some guys are a bit reluctant to go back to club rugby, they just don't have the strong ties that I have with Southbridge so I am looking forward to it.''
Although he now lives with wife Honor and son Marco in Auckland, Carter has relocated to Christchurch for the remainder of the Super Rugby season.