Hall was 'keen to stay'
REACTION: Crusaders scrumhalf Bryn Hall said there was never any doubt in his mind that he would re-sign with the Crusaders.
Hall extended his stay in Christchurch through to 2021.
Hall, who joined the Crusaders from the Blues in 2017, admitted there were ‘enticing’ offers from elsewhere.
“To be honest, I was pretty keen just to stay,”Hall told a media briefing, adding: “I made that pretty clear with Razor [Robertson].”
He said his agent informed him that there were a “few offers” out there.
“However, for me, first and foremost, it was just trying to get a deal where I could be here for the next two years.”
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He joined nine other Crusaders – including Codie Taylor, David Havili and Braydon Ennor – on the books for at least two more years, while five players are locked in beyond then.
That includes captain Sam Whitelock (2023), although he will miss next season while he plays in Japan, Joe Moody, Richie Mo’unga, George Bridge and Richie Mo’unga, all who have signed through 2022.
Eight players, including Jack Goodhue, Whetukamokamo Douglas and Scott Barrett, are secured through next season.
Now that Hall has re-signed, openside flanker Matt Todd, and wing Sevu Reece are the most notable Crusaders who have not yet determined where their future lies.
Todd, who took up a short-term contract in Japan last year, this week told media he planned to make up his mind shortly.
Hall, who played his 50th match for the Crusaders when they thrashed the Rebels 66-0 a fortnight ago, said the tight-knit nature of the team had made his decision an easy one.
“You come down here having an open mind as to why it’s so successful. But, to be honest, it’s just really the simple things done really, really well.
“And really good leadership and an alignment with the coaches. We do that really well and I think that’s why we’re so successful.”