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Beauden Barrett turned down big money offers from abroad to join the struggling Blues – a team he believes has “huge potential”.
But he admits one of his biggest immediate challenges will be the Auckland property market.
Barrett confirmed on Friday that he will be moving to Auckland – and will don the Blues jersey from mid-2020 in a new four-year New Zealand Rugby deal.
Barrett will stay with the All Blacks and NZR until the 2023 World Cup – and move from the Hurricanes to the Blues to play Super Rugby from 2020.
Barrett told media he explored overseas offers but said he “knew I wasn’t ready” to leave New Zealand.
“At the start of the year, I had a look around. I would be silly not to see what’s out there. I just knew deep down I wasn’t ready to go, and that I had a lot more to offer, so I soon shut down that option,” Barrett said.
“I see a lot of potential [at the Blues]. They’ve had some close loses…and if you can find a way to turn that around…I believe they know how to do that.
“I’ve been around for a while now and I want to share my experience with them. I know how to influence the players around me. I’ve spoken to Leon [MacDonald, Blues coach] about where he wants this team to go.”
According to Barrett, not everyone in his close circle was pleased with his decision to move to Auckland.
“I have been keeping it close with [Huricanes teamate] TJ [Perenara]. He’s a man I just had to keep in the loop. I told him and Colesy [Dane Coles] a couple of days ago. It was very difficult but they were very supportive,” Barrett said.
“The move hasn’t been easy for anyone in that camp. I’m leaving a lot of good mates, mates for life…”
His dad, Kevin, was the hardest to convince.
“It wasn’t easy at the start but ultimately he wants me to do what’s best for Hannah and I and our family. I grew up dreaming of being a Hurricane but circumstances change and people get older,” he said.
The Auckland property market has proven a challenge, Barrett said.
“The house prices are tricky, aren’t they? I’ve been looking for a while… but my list on the OneRoof site, it’s pretty big.”
Barrett, 28, has played 73 Tests for the All Blacks since making hi
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