All Blacks midfielder Ryan Crotty "hasn't heard anything" about potential deal with Bristol

TJ Perenara are Ryan Crotty are reportedly new targets for Bristol.
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TJ Perenara are Ryan Crotty are reportedly new targets for Bristol.

All Blacks midfielder Ryan Crotty said he has been blindsided by reports that he is being chased by English club Bristol.

Crotty, speaking in Christchurch on Thursday, said he had not being involved in negotiations with Bristol and had not been made aware that former Blues coach Pat Lam may have him on his shopping list.

"That is a surprise to me, I haven't thought much about that - I am just focusing on pre-season and playing well for the Crusaders," Crotty said. "That's interesting. I haven't heard anything about that ... I guess I can't comment because I honestly haven't heard anything."

Crotty speaks during a press conference in November2016.
PHIL WALTER

Crotty speaks during a press conference in November2016.

After Bristol confirmed the capture of Blues flanker Steven Luatua this week, the Bristol Post report the English club are targeting All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara and Crotty.

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Former Blues coach Lam will become Bristol's new coach later this year for their 2017/18 campaign, after four years coaching Irish club Connacht.

Crotty said he wasn't aware of a potential deal with Bristol, which is coached by Pat Lam (pictured).
PAUL CHILDS

Crotty said he wasn't aware of a potential deal with Bristol, which is coached by Pat Lam (pictured).

And after luring Luatua to England, Lam is said to be lining up bids for Crotty and Perenara

Luatua is on the fringes of the All Blacks squad, but moving for Crotty and Perenara, who were both All Black regulars in 2016, would be a bold move by Bristol given they face relegation to the English championship.

After 14 matches of this season's 12-team English Premiership, they are rock bottom with just two wins and they're five points adrift of 11th-placed Worcester.

Crusaders centre Crotty, 28, has established himself as a key component in the All Blacks midfield after the retirements of Conrad Smith and Ma'a Nonu in 2015.

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And Hurricanes halfback Perenara, 25, became the All Blacks leading No 9 towards the end of last year after Aaron Smith's loss of form. 

 - Stuff

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