Beauden Barrett keeps his future options open

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 05:00 03/07/2014
Beauden Barrett
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LEARNING AS HE GOES: Beauden Barrett (left) takes instructions from All Blacks coach Steve Hansen at a training session.

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Barefoot Beauden Barrett handled the distracting speculation about his playing future with the same calm demeanour he plays his football.

On a day when Blues coach John Kirwan had played down any attempt to lure the Hurricanes first five-eighth north next season, Barrett could have fobbed off his media inquisitors with a cliche or two.

Instead, the Taranaki playmaker honestly aired his thoughts after the Hurricanes' final training run before tomorrow night's match against the Chiefs.

"I think it's [an offer from the Blues] in the pipeline but we'll deal with that next week," Barrett said after emerging without shoes despite freezing conditions.

"I'm not too sure. I'm pretty happy with how things are at the Hurricanes. My mind is on the game this weekend, it's a pretty big game for us. We've got a bye next week, so I've got a bit of time to weigh up next year next week."

It would be a surprise if Barrett made a move after a season that has seen his game reach new heights in Super Rugby.

"Where I'm playing, whether it's at the Hurricanes or the Blues, I'm not too sure yet. Pros and cons? I'm pretty content here in Wellington, I love the place, love the team. Up at the Blues there is an opportunity," he said.

"I'm not too sure what coaches they'll have next year. I think they might be missing a few of the big coaches [Mick Byrne and Graham Henry], but JK [Kirwan] will still be in charge."

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