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Thu Apr 24 23:43:26 SAST 2014

Joseph ponders future at Highlanders

TEAMtalk Media | 09 July, 2012 12:130 Comments
Super Rugby Rd 16 - Highlanders v Chiefs
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph looks on during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium on June 29, 2012 in Dunedin, New Zealand
Image by: Teaukura Moetaua / Getty Images

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph revealed that he will be contemplating his future at the Dunedin-based franchise soon.

Joseph's current two-year contract expires soon and he admits that he will have to think about his future.

"I'm going to make some big decisions for myself and my family," he told Fairfax Media.

"I haven't thought about that at all yet, but come Monday that's the sort of focus I'll have.

"I haven't wanted to deal with the contract until the end of the season and we're at the end of the season now.

"I've got to make some decisions," added Joseph.

The Highlanders suffered a 19-13 loss to the Reds in Brisbane on Friday which ended their chances of making the play-offs.

Despite that,he has transformed the side from basement-dwellers into one of the most competitive teams in the competition and it would be a blow for the franchise if he decides not to stay on with the team.

Apart from the defeat to the Reds, the Highlanders also lost to the Chiefs the previous week and those results should not take away the credit Joseph deserves for improving his side's fortunes.

"We were playing quality teams," he said.

"We were playing the best teams in the competition.

"We played the Chiefs and they're at the top of the table and have beat nearly everyone in the competition and then we played the Reds, who won this last year.

"If you're comparing apples with apples, we're talking about the Highlanders, not the Bulls or Crusaders.

"You see six players in the All Blacks and guys like Aaron Smith come through and become All Blacks from nowhere, there are a lot of positive things about our season.

"But ultimately it is my responsibility to make sure we're winning every week and falling off these last two games, which were winnable, is disappointing."

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