Will Genia has backtracked on his decision to join the Force and signed a new contract with the Reds.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that Genia had been offered a A$600,000 per season contract to join the Force. It looked to be a done deal with the Reds unable to match the Force’s offer, that is until the Reds beat the Blues and Genia had a change of heart.
‘I’d been thinking about it all weekend… The main reason I wanted to stay was just the feeling of satisfaction I got after that game against the Blues,’ Genia said.
‘And just the scary thought of not feeling that way after a game playing for another club. That was when I knew that I couldn’t leave.’
The Reds had announced that Genia would be leaving the union on Saturday, but the Wallabies scrumhalf called coach Ewen McKenzie on Sunday to say that he’d changed his mind.
‘It isn’t about money, it’s about being happy,’ Genia said. ‘I’m willing to sacrifice that to stay with my mates and be somewhere I enjoy.
‘I had a chat with a few of the senior players and told them of my decision [to leave]. I’d made my mind up and changed it several times.
‘Having those discussions with some of the senior players made it quite tough, you know, just to see the way they reacted towards me potentially leaving and how that made me feel. And that definitely weighed into my decision.’
Genia has signed a three-year contract extension with the Reds.