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Exiles centre Sheridan ready to turn down Munster advances

Published 22/03/2014 | 02:30

Eamonn Sheridan of London Irish
Eamonn Sheridan of London Irish
Rob Kearney, Ireland, in action against Gaël Fickou, France

Highly-rated London Irish centre Eamonn Sheridan seems set to snub the opportunity to join Munster after revealing he wants to sign a new contract with the Premiership outfit.

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Sheridan (24), who also revealed that he hasn't yet spoken to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt about his international ambitions, has also been courted by Northampton Saints.

"I do have another year on my contract, and this is a place that I have been very happy," said Sheridan, who has impressed in his debut season in top-flight rugby after switching from Rotherham.

"Career-wise it has been a great move for me as well. I would be keen to stay for a while longer if that was a possibility. I'm in no rush to go back to Ireland."

The former Ireland U-20 star still harbours international ambitions but these are unlikely to be improved by rejecting an opportunity to play in the country.

"I haven't spoken to Joe much. He did say he was keeping an eye on me, but that's the same with many other guys. There's been nothing individually.

"Hopefully playing in England does not make a difference. If it happens one day that would be great, but at the moment it is at the back of my mind."


Ireland's championship heroes have lost out in the bunfight to be declared Six Nations Player of the Year but few will quibble with Mike Brown's triumph with 34pc of the public vote.

Fellow full-back Rob Kearney was the first to pay tribute to Harlequins' Brown, who carted off three man of the match awards as well as bagging four tries – "Richly deserved," Kearney tweeted.

Ireland filled four of the top five places with three-time former winner Brian O'Driscoll (28pc) runner-up ahead of Andrew Trimble, Johnny Sexton and Kearney. The 16-man shortlist was decided through match statistics.

Irish Independent

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