Fotu Auelua Photo: Jeffrey ChanACT Brumbies enforcer Fotu Auelua says re-signing for just one year will ensure he avoid slipping into a ”comfort zone”, and wants to prove he can return to his best after a horror injury run.
The Queensland Reds were believed to be keen to sign the 30-year-old, but Auelua insisted the first he heard of their interest was ”on the radio” and he never contemplated leaving the Brumbies.
A desire to regain his Wallabies spot for next year’s World Cup was also motivation to stay with the Brumbies in 2015, but his main focus is repaying the club’s faith and help lead a finals charge.
Auelua has been used as an interchange impact player this year after missing 13 rounds with a knee injury early in the season.
The aggressive No.8 also dislocated his shoulder on the eve of last year’s British and Irish Lions series.
Auelua said the loss of director of football Laurie Fisher was ”unsettling”, but he never seriously considered leaving.
”He’s one of the best in the game at what he does,” Auelua said.
”It’s unsettling and obviously a lot of boys will be thinking that it will be a negative for the squad.
”But look, we’ve got great players now with a lot of experience that will have learnt a lot from him.
”If you sign for three years you become comfortable. I wanted to stay on my toes.”
Fisher challenged Auelua to use the short contract to prove his long-term worth.
”Fots has been unlucky, he’s had a really disrupted season but when he’s at his best he’s a hugely damaging player,” Fisher said.
”It’s important he doesn’t get into a comfort zone. He’s got a lot of work to do to get back to his absolute best.
”In the end he’s backing himself to have a great season and improve his value in the future, and we certainly hope that’s the case.”
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