Australian winger forced to watch his former side cruise in Super Rugby finals.
Queensland Reds star Lachie Turner said he is happy for his friends and former teammates in the Waratahs as they charge towards the Super Rugby finals.
After enduring plenty of painful seasons with the Waratahs, that underperformed given the talent level they had in the sides, Turner moved north to the Reds in a bid to star fresh.
That move has only been met by the Waratahs being the form side of the competition, not that Turner minds.
“As much as I am proud of the friends I have back in NSW and the success they’re having at the moment, I am extremely happy where I am,” Turner said.
“I am obviously not too happy with the results we’ve had but I am happy with what’s going on up here, and what we’re building towards. I think we have the capabilities to go on and do well next year.”
Turner debuted for NSW as a teenager in 2007 and, after scoring twice in the Super Rugby final in 2008, went on to play 15 Tests for Australia and be crowned Australia’s fastest footballer.
But a succession of bad injuries across 2012 and 2013 saw Turner used sparingly by coach Michael Cheika last season. And though NSW made him an offer to stay, an approach to start afresh in Queensland was appealing.
While the contrasting fortunes of his old and new clubs is painfully obvious, and the Waratahs now sit poised to achieve history, Turner says he’s not losing sleep about it.