Carlos Spencer's son following in his dad's footsteps with Super Rugby contract
But that’s not the only signing the young fullback has made, also inking a deal with the New Zealand sevens.
“He’s just signed a contract with New Zealand Sevens, Auckland and Auckland Blues,” the ex-All Black reported on the Between Two Beers podcast.
“We’re very proud of him. He’s got a great opportunity now the door is open but the hard work starts and the rest is up to him now.
“This year he’s been contacted by a few unions… he made the decision rugby is his future and where he wants to be.”
Payton’s scintillating play for Hamilton Boys High School’s First XV team inevitably started to make waves on social media and amplified the chatter around the 18-year-old’s potential.
That noise was only furthered when the Hamilton Boys team claimed the national title.
“As parents we just let him do his own thing. We’ve stood back and let him make his own decisions.
“He was approached from the Chiefs, the Highlanders and Crusaders and the way the Crusaders have been going, I wouldn’t say I was leaning toward him going there, but I wouldn’t have been sad had he gone there; and knowing the history I have with the Crusaders,” Spencer joked.
“But this is his decision and he decided he was going to be happy in Auckland. That was purely his choice on his own. We’re just there to support him, we’re not there to make the decisions for him.”
Payton’s athletic ability was plain to see from an early age according to his father, but it wasn’t applied to rugby, Payton was also a strong performer in his high school’s first XI cricket team.
“When it comes to the skillset, he was just one of those kids you know straight away he had something. The natural ability was there.
“We try and instil the discipline in him… living in South Africa for seven-and-a-half years, I thought it was the best place for our kids to go to school. In terms of respect and discipline.
“That place was amazing, he learned a lot there about discipline and respect. We instil a lot of that at home as well.”
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