Reports: Racing Metro Offers Matt Giteau $1.4 Million


Matt GiteauIf newspapers in France are correct, former Australian gun and Toulon star Matt Giteau reportedly was offered an annual contract for an unbelievable $1.4 million by Racing Metro in Paris.

A Paris daily broke the news of Racing having an interest in Giteau, but noted that the team also had eyes for Dan Carter the injured ace from the All Blacks and Remi Tales the fly half from France.

Giteau is currently under contract for the 2014-15 season with Toulon, but could test himself at the end of that period on the open market and an interest has already been expressed by Racing Metro.

Jonathan Sexton the fly half from Ireland will leave the club in Paris and return to Leinster prior to the World Cup next year, which leaves Racing with a huge hole at No. 10 to fill.

Giteau has been amongst the most consistent players in the Heineken Cup and Top 14 since he left Australia 3 years ago following the falling out with then head coach of the Wallabies Robbie Deans.

Giteau last season played outside Jonny Wilkinson and scored 104 points including 9 tries as Toulon won the French trophy.

The news about Giteau only underscores the decision the Australian Rugby Union made to alter policy on sabbaticals allowing players to spend a season abroad to increase their bank account balances.

The ARU was staunch in opposing the sabbaticals throughout this year, but made a dramatic about face last month, just a couple of weeks after a shock move was made by Nick Cummins to Japan.

Israel Folau will likely command a similar amount and possibly more than the rumored offer to Giteau. In addition, Kurtley Beale and Quade Copper are two more who will be in high demand.

The ARU cannot compete with the cash the Japanese and European clubs have should offers, like the one rumored for Giteau start becoming commonplace.

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