Thursday 21 September 2017

D’Arcy: I’ll play with Leinster until someone tells me I’m too old

Leinster's Gordon D'Arcy in action against Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup
Leinster's Gordon D'Arcy in action against Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup

Hugh Farrelly

GORDON D'ARCY wants to continue playing for Leinster until he is too old to continue, which he hopes will not be for at least four years.

The 32-year-old Ireland and Lions centre has just signed a deal to keep him with his native province until 2014 and says he wants to extend his career even further.

"I would love to be in the position to play for another two years in two years' time," said D'Arcy, who made his debut for the province in 1998.

"I will absolutely reluctantly give up my chance to play here. I will have to be told: 'You have no contract. You are too old. Retire!'. Until that day I will keep playing.

"I think I have a huge amount to offer and that is reflected in Leinster's belief in me in offering me a two-year contract. Obviously, if it was a three-year contract, I would have taken it. There is a negotiation period and I was looking for the most I could get and they were obviously trying to give the least they could.

"How do you leave one of the best teams, if not the best team, in Europe to go somewhere else? It is a step down. I have been in this team since I was 15 with the U-16s in Leinster. It is a privilege to be A rugby player and it would be remiss of me to not do this to the best of my ability for as long as possible."

Meanwhile, Leinster are hopeful a deal to keep Luke Fitzgerald with the province will be agreed with IRFU as soon as possible and say there are no major injury concerns ahead of Saturday night's Pro12 clash with the Dragons in Newport, although Isaac Boss may miss the trip after picking up a knock in Sunday's win over Clermont.

Irish Independent

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