Lomu demands big bucks

Former All Black winger Jonah Lomu wants NZ$500,000 (R2.5 million) to re-sign with the NZRU next season.

Lomu has played just four matches for North Harbour this season, three as a replacement, and has not been offered a Vodacom Super 14 contract. However, this has not stopped Lomu’s wife/agent Fiona demanding one of the biggest salaries in the country for a player who is a pale shadow of his former self.

Lomu told the Sunday-Star news that he’d been happy with the limited game time he’d had with Harbour.

“It was good to get that under the belt,” he said. “I need to keep pushing where I need to be and where I want to get to. Now I’ve just got to knuckle down and keep pushing these two young guys [Viliame Waqaseduadua and Rudi Wulf]. My No 1 priority at the moment is to hook into it and put these two boys under a bit of heat.”

Lomu also told the newspaper about the injury setbacks he’s had since recovering from the kidney transplant two years ago.

“It’s frustrating because it becomes stop-start and I go back to zero, get myself right then have to start all over again,” Lomu said.

“Things were starting to come right [at Cardiff] and then I broke my ankle, I came back a little bit early. That’s when I played the club game.

“Now I’m pretty confident about having a go. I was a bit hesitant at first in terms of going into contact, but now it’s basically knuckle down and get into the job.”