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Genia cool on $600,000-a-season deal

Will Genia
Will Genia

MONEY cannot buy happiness - just ask Will Genia.

The Queensland Reds No 9 proved that by turning down a reported $600,000-a-season deal with the Western Force to stay with the defending Super Rugby champions for three more years.

While admitting the money to head west was attractive, Genia said during a press conference held to explain his decision to reverse his plan to sign for the Force that he wanted to play where he was happy .

"The financial gain to move to Perth was quite significant, but it's not about money," he said.

"It's about where I'm happy, and this is where I'd be happy.

"I genuinely love playing with the guys that are my teammates and love wearing the red jersey."

Genia said the Reds had not increased their offer over the weekend, but that he changed his mind about moving on Sunday following the team's win over the Blues in Auckland on Friday night.

"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."

Genia also said that discussions with fellow senior Queensland players had played a part in his decision.

"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," he said.

"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.

"That definitely weighed into my decision."

Queensland coach Ewen McKenzie said he was pleased to retain the services of the Wallaby halfback.

"It was disappointing to have to come to terms with Will leaving us and possibly playing against the Reds in 2013, however, we're pleased he's decided to choose what's best for his rugby future by staying in Queensland," he said.
"He's an integral player in our side, our vice-captain and I'm sure all Reds fans will be thrilled he has recommitted."

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