Cruden slams media over salary release
Cape Town - Recent Montpellier signing Aaron Cruden was critical of the media over how they handled the announcement of his salary.
The All Black flyhalf recently signed a contract that will see him
leave Waikato for Montpellier at the end of the Super Rugby season.
The contract stipulates that the playmaker will make a whopping $3.6
million over the next three seasons at the French club, the
second highest salary in the Top 14 after Dan Carter's Racing 92
Cruden insinuated his frustration when addressing reporters about the
release of the figures, adding that his decision wasn't just about the
"I don't know, how would you like to have your salary reported out
there for everyone to know? It is what it is, you guys are going to
report your stories and different things," Cruden told Stuff.co.nz .
"But it's not always about the money, it's about an experience.
Obviously money helps, but experiencing something different, and feeling
that the time was right for us to move on, was a big contributing
Cruden also addressed the way in which the news was broken.
"I just wanted to break the news myself and do it through an avenue
that I trusted, so that's why I put it out on the Chiefs page," he said.
"Maybe looking back at it I should've held my tongue, but I said what
I believe, so as long as I'm saying that, then I'm pretty comfortable
with what was said.
"Now that the report's out there and the decision's done it's about
getting excited about the rugby that I have in the near future."