Jonny Sexton has urged the IRFU to tie players like Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien to long term contracts “before it gets messy”.
The Ireland outhalf, who moved from Leinster to play for Racing Metro at the start of this season, has said that the IRFU should ensure that the best homegrown talent stays in Ireland.
In an interview with Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio 1 this morning, he said:
“There are some very important players to Irish rugby who are out of contract at the end of the season. I hope they sit down with these guys and get it sorted before it gets messy. They could do it now before there are other clubs sniffing around. They could have done it a few weeks ago.”
Sexton also said the players were simply looking for security with longer term contracts.
“The players just want security,” he said. “It’s a great thing as a player when you have security for another few years. In the summer time the players would take that security every day of the week.”
Even though some of the Irish players, like Heaslip and O’Brien are being linked with moves to French clubs, Sexton also revealed that he’s rather see them playing in Ireland.
“It might contradictory because I left to play elsewhere. But I hope guys like Jamie and Sean get tied into long term contracts in Ireland. Even if it was a possibly that they’d be joining the club that I am at. I’d still hope that they stay here. It’s better for Irish rugby if they stay here.”