Former All Blacks midfielder Malakai Fekitoa has finally spoken out on what informed his decision to leave New Zealand.
Fekitoa signed with French Top 14 side Toulon in July,a deal which he confirmed through his official instagram account.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday,Fekitoa said that he had decided to leave New Zealand after falling down the pecking order in the team.
“It was the hardest decision I have ever made,” Fekitoa told reporters.
“I just started my career and even though 90 percent of fans and supporters disagree with it I believe it is the right to do that and I think it will make me a better player.
“I am a starter. That is me as a rugby player and I always want to be number one and you think that if you can’t have that then why hang around and be a third or fourth choice.
“I can’t control that but what I can control is my career and this weekend game so I do well I am happy with that.”
However,Fekitoa will feature in the Mitre 10 Cup for Auckland before departing to Europe and he hopes that he can lead the side to a first domestic title in 10 years.
Fekitoa is expected to link up with former All Blacks stars Maa’Nonu and Luke McAlister who also ply their trade for the French side.