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Video: We'd love to bring Johnny Sexton home to Leinster - Matt O'Connor

Published 20/08/2014 | 17:31

Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has admitted he would love to see Johnny Sexton return to the province, but admits the ball is in the Irish out-half's court.

Sexton has begun his second campaign with the big-spending Paris club and has indicated he would like to have his future sorted in the next couple of weeks with the option of a year extension to his current French deal.

“I’m just sort of taking my time. I just have a baby boy that’s taking up a lot of time, that’s taking up all of my time – I can barely fit in training at the moment,” Sexton said of his contract situation.

“We’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks. I think it will be sorted out sooner rather later. I think everyone knows where I stood, with the interviews that I gave when I left, so I will see what happens.”

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O'Connor has said there will always be a place for Sexton in his Leinster squad.

"Johnny's off contract at the end of the season," the Australian coach told Independent.ie.

"It's common knowledge that we would be interested in having that conversation with Johnny in the next few weeks."

"If he wants to come home there will always be an opportunity for him at Leinster. It's as simple as that. The ball is in Johnny's court."

"He has the option to stay on in Paris if he wants to. We would love to have him home."

Leinster CEO Mick Dawson says the province has made little secret of their interest in recruiting Sexton, but admits it is very much dependent on whether the out-half wants to continue his career in France.

"I think it's not a secret that the IRFU and ourselves would love to get Johnny back here and it's probably not a secret that Johnny would like to come back," he told Independent.ie.

"We'll just have to see over the next couple of months which way the ball bounces and whether he extends his contract there or not."

The 29-year-old began his second campaign with the big-spending Paris club in splendid fashion last weekend, landing a late match-winning penalty away to Montpellier minutes after tying up the match in a flawless four-from-four kicking display.

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