OLYMPIC champion Greg Rutherford admits there is still a chance that his preparations for future glory could see him swap his home city for the USA.
The London 2012 long jump gold medallist has credited much of his success to the influence of Dan Pfaff, the American coach drafted in by UK Athletics to oversee his development.
But with Pfaff said to be undecided about where his career will take him next amid speculation that he could return to Texas, Rutherford said that means his own plans are currently up in the air.
“He still hasn’t given me a definitive answer,” said Rutherford, who confirmed this week that he would not be attending the MK Dons Family Fun Day on September 29 – the only public celebration of his summer success in the city.
“It’s hard work because I really want to plan for going forward and know where I’m going to be, so I can organise my life, effectively.
“It’s a major decision for Dan. He left the States to come over to the UK and now he’s thinking he can go home. And I know he’s had offers from other countries as well. But I’m hoping he’ll stay, then I’ll know where I’m going to be and I can get the ball rolling.”
Despite winning London 2012 gold with a leap of 8.31m in early August, Rutherford’s best jump of the year came at the start of the season when he reached 8.35m in California – a new personal best and equal British record.
An impressive Diamond League campaign, Olympic gold medal and new-found fame later, the 25-year-old brought an end to his season with a second place finish at the Great North City Games in Newcastle on Saturday.
Rutherford recorded a best distance of 7.89m when the best of British took on the USA in front of hundreds of fans on the Newcastle-Gateshead quayside, with national rival Chris Tomlinson leaping 8.18m to win.
Rutherford picked up a groin injury at the recent Diamond League meet in Birmingham and has struggled to reach full fitness since, but was determined to try and end his year on a high. Although he couldn’t win, he can still look back at 2012 as the best year of his career to date.