Giteau strikes it rich

Matt Giteau became the highest-paid Australian footballer of any code when he signed a three-year deal worth R22.5 million with the Western Force.

The Brumbies and Wallaby utility back said he was convinced he had done the right thing.

“When you make a decision, when you decide your future for the next couple of years, you should be pretty happy,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I’m not going over there with too many expectations about being some type of saviour or anything like that. I just want to go over there and … play football, the best football I can. Then hopefully the other players are doing the same in their position and that way we can be competitive.”

Giteau did not think a move to a team without a win this season would affect his international chances.

“As long as I’m playing [good] football, then hopefully I’ll be picked. If I’m not playing good football, then I don’t get picked. That’s just the way it is,” he said.

Giteau’s guaranteed pay packet of between R3.5 million to R4 million from his Force and ARU contracts will be doubled by deals with corporate sponsors, negotiated over the past two months by manager Greg Keenan.