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Reddan: Leinster will adjust and adapt if Heaslip goes

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Leinster's Eoin Reddan. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Leinster's Eoin Reddan. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Leinster's Eoin Reddan. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

SCRUM-HALF Eoin Reddan wants his number eight Jamie Heaslip to secure "the dream goal" of staying at Leinster.

While the Irish Rugby Football Union cannot compete with the financial clout of the French clubs, Heaslip must consider the pull of home and the value placed on loyalty.

"Loyalty definitely comes into it. But, it's funny because the contract talks are with the Union and not with Leinster. It does put different people at the other side of the table," said Reddan.

What Jonathan Sexton and Luke Fitzgerald have found in recent years is that the financial stability of the IRFU overshadows all other considerations.

Heaslip is already the best-paid player in Irish rugby. Sexton moved to Racing Metro because the Union would not give him equal financial billing.

The dark financial clouds on the horizon have limited the extent of what the IRFU can offer Heaslip.

There is strong speculation that a pay cut will have to be taken for him to remain at the province.

"It would be very tough if he does want to go. I don't think he does, but hopefully it gets sorted out for him," Reddan added.

TRANSITION

"I can't speak for Jamie or anyone leaving a club that you have come through, especially Jamie as he's been through everything with Leinster, the ups and the downs."

If Heaslip and/or Seán O'Brien were to follow Sexton out of Leinster, it could really trigger a period of transition and the possibility that others would follow them out the door.

"The reality is, if you look at past examples with Jonny going, externally how big a deal it was for Irish rugby," said Reddan.

"If you're an organisation that is adaptable and really, really wants to win – I mean off the pitch and on the pitch – then you have to find a way to move on.

"Is it hard to move on with someone like Jonny going? Yeah. And would it be hard if Seánie or Jamie moved on? Of course, it would be hard.

"Do I think with the kind of people who are in this organisation would we find a way? I think we would have to. I don't know how long it would take.

"You hope they stay. You hope we can build and move in the direction we are going.

"But, if it doesn't happen, you've got to adjust and adapt to the situation."


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