McKenzie signs to NZRU for next three years
One of Māoridom's biggest rugby stars, Damian McKenzie has signed on with NZRU for another three years with McKenzie staying firm to the Chiefs.
“The help and support they've given me so far have been great and it was an easy decision to stick around here for another three years in Chiefs country.”
Since making his debut in 2015, McKenzie has earned 52 caps for the Chiefs.
Yesterday morning he confirmed he will stay at the club for the next three years.
“I see myself in New Zealand. I guess for myself it was the best option to come out long-term on the side of the world cup, try and commit with the Chiefs for as long as I can and then it would be nice to try and achieve those goals at higher honours if I can.”
At just 22 years old, he's already played 10 games for the All Blacks and it's predicted he will stay put in the All Blacks environment.
“Always aiming for higher honours and I guess playing good rugby is the first thing and then seeing what comes from there.”
And it seems like the All Blacks should keep him, with rumours stemming from the Northern Hemisphere, about the future of another rugby star, Beauden Barrett.
According to reports, he's being courted to sign a $10m deal over three years to play in France after the World Cup.
Next Friday McKenzie will earn his 53rd cap for the Chiefs against the Bulls.