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Braid overcomes Welsh grief

17/06/2009 07:48:43 PM Comments (0)

Former All Black Daniel Braid has put the agonising loss of a big-money Welsh deal behind him to look forward to a second season with Queensland.

Flanker Braid is upbeat about the battling Reds chances of lifting themselves out of the Super 14 cellar, highlighting the benefits of a more settled squad in 2010.

"I see the Reds as a team with a lot of potential, so it's great that I can be part of trying to improve the club again," he said from Auckland.

"Next year there will also be more consistency in the side as there won't be a large turnover like in the past."

Braid ultimately decided for another season at Ballymore after his lucrative contract with Llanelli Scarlets was torn up by the Welsh club on injury grounds.

The Reds' marquee signing ruptured his Achilles in the closing stages of the Super 14, forcing him to have surgery and a long rehabilitation which would have stopped him starting the European season.

"The last two months has been quite stressful with the injury and having all my plans (to play in Europe) go up in smoke really," he said.

"I know that I don't have to play until the Super 14 now, so it is a good window to get some rehab in and get my Achilles right."

The openside breakaway's signing is a massive boost for Queensland in the wake of the loss of Wallabies forward Hugh McMeniman.

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