Thursday 20 July 2017

Connacht keen to stave off English bid for prop Hagan

Hugh Farrelly

CONTRARY to reports last week, Connacht prop Jamie Hagan has yet to sign a new deal with the province and is attracting serious interest from a top English Premiership club.

It was announced last week that the 23-year-old tight-head from Balbriggan, North County Dublin, who was this week called up to the Ireland 'A' squad, had signed a contract to stay with the province for another two years.

However, yesterday it emerged that Hagan has yet to put pen to paper and has become the target of an English Premiership team prepared to offer considerably more than the money available to stay in Ireland.

Interest

Connacht confirmed yesterday that the deal has yet to be signed, but they are understood to be meeting with Hagan's representatives this week and are confident of securing his commitment, despite the interest from England.

"We have a verbal assurance from Jamie that he wants to commit his future to Connacht and are confident that he will do that," said Connacht CEO Gerry Kelly.

Since joining from Leinster in 2009, Hagan has been hugely impressive for Connacht. His call-up to the 'A' squad for next week's clash with Scotland 'A' reflects his good form and the Ireland management's wish to try him out at a higher level.

Mike Ross, John Hayes and Tom Court cover the tight-head position in Ireland's Six Nations squad announced this week, but the 6' 3," 19st Hagan could force his way into senior reckoning if he continues his impressive progress.

Irish Independent

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