Wallabies flyhalf Matt Giteau will decide in the next fortnight whether to seek a release from his ARU contract and take up a huge money offer to ply his trade in France.
Following the defeat to Wales at the weekend, Giteau confirmed he had received AUS $9.6 million four-year offer from the French Top 14 outfit Bayonne, but was well aware that the ARU were unlikely to provide him with a release similar to the “sabbatical” offered to his New Zealand counterpart Daniel Carter.
If Giteau were to accept the offer, he would have to break his contract with the ARU, which would effectively cut short his Wallabies career.
“The facts are out there, as far as meeting them, and getting an offer,” said Giteau. “When anyone is presented with that type of offer, you’d have to sit down and consider your options. But I’m contracted [to the ARU] until 2011 and at the moment you really can’t put a price on a Wallaby jumper.
“I’ve still got that burning desire to play for the Wallabies, and always will have that desire. Whether it’s my first game or my 65th, I still feel so proud.”
“I got the offer, and as we’ve been playing Tests I haven’t really thought about it seriously,” he said. “Over the next two weeks I’ll sit down and seriously think about it.”
The 26-year-old will also make a decision soon on whether to remain with the Western Force or head back to the Brumbies following a lucrative but ultimately failed third party involvement in the original deal.
The Wallabies European tour finally comes to an end this week when they take on Jake White’s Barbarians at the new Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.