Sunday 20 August 2017

'He would be better off coming home' - Ireland manager responds to reports that Madigan wants to leave Bordeaux

Ian Madigan
Ian Madigan
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland flyhalf Ian Madigan is seeking a way out of Bordeaux Begles, according to a report in the French media this morning.

Midi Olimpique are reporting that the former Leinster star has asked Bordeaux president Laurent Marti to be released from the final year of his contract.

They suggest that the 27-year-old is keen on a move to the Aviva Premiership and there are already 'several' offers on the table.

Midi claim that Bordeaux will not stand in Madigan's way if they can find a replacement and Toulouse's Toby Flood is already being touted as a replacement.

Madigan has endured a mixed start to his career in the Top 14 due to injury and poor form and has seen himself excluded from Joe Schmidt's plans despite concerns over Johnny Sexton's calf.

Speaking to the media this afternoon, Ireland manager Paul Dean said that he thinks the out-half 'would be better off coming home' to enhance his international prospects.

"I'd personally love to see him back in Ireland," Dean said.

"We would be able to invite him to the sessions and keep an eye on him and watch him progress. It is difficult when you are abroard. I think, Premiership, he would be better off coming home I would say. 

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