Marty McKenzie’s shift down to the Crusaders will do nothing but good for what promises to be a bright career.
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Talk that the first-five was pondering over an offer from the Crusaders began in the latter part of the Super Rugby competition, and tonight the move was officially confirmed by the Crusaders.
McKenzie is set to get more game time at no.10 with his new club.
McKenzie got a handful of minutes on the field with the Chiefs this year but struggled to lockdown either the 10 or 15 jersey permanently.
McKenzie will have big shoes to fill however, as three main goal-kicking options in the Crusaders are heading offshore at the end of the year, including the legendary Daniel Carter.
The Crusaders haven’t confirmed that McKenzie will be a regular first-five starter, but he is able to play at fullback as well.
Todd Blackadder has a lot of potential options with his new signing.
McKenzie’s younger brother Damian is locked in with the Chiefs for the next two seasons and is being looked at as the long-term option as kicker.
Both McKenzie brothers will start for the NZ Maori this weekend against Fiji.