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Return of Sexton not a done deal yet: Dawson

Contrary to popular opinion, the return of Jonathan Sexton to Leinster is not yet a done deal, according to chief executive Mick Dawson.

"The Johnny Sexton thing has got huge media exposure," he offered.

The Irish Rugby Football Union chief executive Phillip Browne and Dawson have already made their best and final offer to the Ireland out-half in what must be a package at least the value of that held by Jamie Heaslip, Ireland's highest-paid player.

"Myself and Phillip Browne have met John. We have put an offer on the table to John. I am sure he's getting offers from Toulon and obviously from Racing Metro. John has said, in the last press conference that he did he's made up his mind. We're waiting to hear confirmation of that. That is the situation at the moment."

Although the dogs in the street have it as solid that Sexton will be back in Dublin by next summer, Dawson (pictured) does not want to count his chickens less they get eaten alive. "I know (Racing Métro president) Jacky Lorenzetti has more money than we have," he shared. "If it's just down to pounds, shillings and pence, he'll probably outbid us. I don't know what they put on the table.

"We think we put a very good offer forward. I don't think it's fair to discuss numbers. We're just waiting to hear."

The idea that Sexton's signature is a foregone conclusion could well be short of the mark, for the moment, as Dawson sought to cool expectations. "Johnny is from Dublin. His wife is from Dublin. He's comfortable here. A lot of his friends play here. He grew up here. We would hope that carries a lot of weight."

Either way, Dawson would like the Sexton saga to be resolved within a week or two.

This came on the same day Leinster revealed a five-year deal for Bank of Ireland to continue as their headline sponsor with the €6million touted in media circles as nothing more than speculation.