Wednesday 26 October 2016

Kelleher move west a sign of things to come

Johnny O'Connor

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

Leinster native Cian Kelleher is moving to Connacht (SPORTSFILE)
Leinster native Cian Kelleher is moving to Connacht (SPORTSFILE)

It's just another piece in the puzzle, but I get excited when I see someone like Cian Kelleher choose Connacht over Leinster - one of the country's brightest prospects saw the potential in what Connacht can offer.

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He's not the first to do it, but it used to be second string players who came to Connacht to get game-time where they wouldn't have a chance in the other provinces. But Kelleher seems to be a genuine star of the future and he will push the guys that are already at the Sportsground.

It's great to have class players like Tiernan O'Halloran and Darragh Leader to choose from at full-back, but now adding Kelleher to the mix it looks like a really competitive position as Connacht aim to compete in the Champions Cup next season.

Kelleher was a star for the Ireland U-20s and Leinster were very keen to keep a hold of him. But he saw the value in what Pat Lam has brought to Connacht, and the opportunities he has given players.

The success of a player like Peter Robb, who also chose west over east, hasn't gone unnoticed and younger players are coming around to the idea.

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