Rutherford keen to sort out future plans

15 September 2012 / 07:19

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford is still waiting to learn on which side of the Atlantic he will prepare for the next phase of his career.

The 25-year-old has credited much of his success at London 2012 to the influence of Dan Pfaff, the American coach drafted in by UK Athletics to oversee his development. However, Pfaff is undecided about where his career will take him next amid speculation that he could return to Texas.

And Rutherford, who will compete with triple jump gold medalist Christian Taylor in the long jump at the Great North CityGames on Saturday, has already indicated that wherever his guru goes, he will not be far behind.

But he is yet to discover what his coach's plans are, and is keen to know so he can start to plan. Rutherford said: "He [Pfaff] still hasn't given me a definitive answer, which is hard work because I really want to plan for going forward and know where I am 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 is thinking he can go home. I know he has had offers from other countries as well - as far as I know, his wife will kill him if he goes somewhere else.

"She wants him here, so I am hoping that's maybe the decider and he will stay and I will know where I am going to be. Then I can get the ball rolling and know where I am going to train."

In the meantime, Rutherford will continue to try to get used to his new-found fame, and the fact that his achievements at London 2012 have earned him a place in Britain's sporting pantheon.

He said: "I did a thing the other night with Matthew Pinsent and it was amazing - they are amazing, important people in the history of UK sport. I don't regard myself as being on their level. Five or six weeks ago, outside the track and field media, nobody knew what I was doing really. It feels a bit strange now, but it's nice as well."

However, Rutherford admits while he may now be a household name, there is still room for confusion. He said: "It's hilarious. People are sending me photographs of other guys with ginger hair who won medals, like [cyclist] Ed Clancy or [gymnast] Dan Purvis.

"I open them up with a nice, big photograph for me to sign, but it's not me! I write them a little note back saying, 'Sorry, you've got the wrong person, but if you want a picture of me...'. You've got to laugh about these things."