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Brian O'Driscoll arrives for squad training ahead of their side's Celtic League against Ulster on Saturday. Picture: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile.

Brian O'Driscoll arrives for squad training ahead of their side's Celtic League against Ulster on Saturday. Picture: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile.

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Brian O'Driscoll arrives for squad training ahead of their side's Celtic League against Ulster on Saturday. Picture: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile.

Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll has revealed that he is not in any hurry to sign a new contract with Leinster and Ireland and will wait until after the Lions tour to make his decision.

O’Driscoll was absent from a list published by Leinster of players who had signed on for next season prompting specualtion that the 34 year old was planning to retire.

Ireland’s record tryscorer has revealed that he is looking forward to Leinster’s end of season drive for the Amlin Challenge Cup and Rabo titles and a potential Lions tour but is not thinking about next season.

"Who knows what the final act will be in my career. I just have to play it out this season and see how things unfold. Then I'll make a call after that," he told the Official Lions website.

"I'm not under any massive pressure to make a decision. I will see what happens over the next few months and take a look at things in July."

O’Driscoll returns from a three-week ban for stamping in the Six Nations game against Italy this week with three more chances to convince Warren Gatland he should be on the plane.

The Lions captain from the 2005 tour has Rabo games against Munster and Zebre and the Amlin Cup semi-final against Biarritz before Gatland names his squad and is anxious to be involved.

"Playing for the Lions is the ultimate in your career, such a massive honour. You only have to look at the quality of some of the players who have never been on a Lions tour to realise that," said O'Driscoll.

"Playing in that calibre of team, and training day in, day out with that level of player, brings out the best in you. It's hugely exciting.

"I would love to be a part of a Lions team capable of winning a Test series and I think the team being put together by Warren Gatland is definitely capable of doing that in Australia. It's not a question of me having some unfinished business after 2001 - I just want to play in a winning Lions team.

"You can't really allow yourself to think too much about Lions selection in April. It is a serious time of the season for a lot of players and certain players will be hopeful of getting selected. But you just have to keep on trying to improve and make a few more headaches for the coaches.

"It is the last chance to leave a lasting impression and I will be no different to any other player in that respect this month. You mustn't over think it - just get on with what you do week in, week out."

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