Monday 24 July 2017

Alan Quinlan: Keith Earls would be a huge loss - Munster fans will be livid

Alan Quinlan, Maeve McMahon and Padraig Power were on hand in the Aviva Stadium as Ulster Bank announced the extension of their partnership with the IRFU.
Alan Quinlan, Maeve McMahon and Padraig Power were on hand in the Aviva Stadium as Ulster Bank announced the extension of their partnership with the IRFU.
Keith Earls goes through his paces during training
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Former Munster and Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan admits that the anticipated departure of Keith Earls will be a massive blow for Munster and understands fans’ frustration over the switch.

As exclusively revealed by the Irish Independent, the 28-year-old has been offered a three-year contract with the Aviva Premiership side and may decide to leave his native province.

Munster assistant coach Ian Costello said today they are hopeful the utility back will remain with Earls’ future expected to be sorted in the next 24 hours, but a lucrative offer from the Aviva Premiership powerhouse may be too tempting to turn down.

Quinlan, a two-time European winner with Munster, admitted that the move has come as a shock.

“There was a massive offer I’d say from Saracens,” he told The Last Word on Toda FM. “I was as shocked as anyone when I heard it.

“Obviously this has been going on for a while”

Earls has kept his counsel on his future, but it is understood that he is close to confirming the move to Allianz Park next season and Quinlan says the fans will be left frustrated if the move is completed.

“The fans will be livid over this one, especially with the run they have been on as well.

“You certainly don’t want to be losing your best players. Keith Earls is someone who is a high quality player. He’s played well in a tough period, played really well at the World Cup.

“He would be a huge loss,” while adding that the Limerick native will be joining one of the best sides in Europe.

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