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Bernard Jackman has been rewarded for Grenoble's solid start to the season by being offering a contract which will keep him as head coach until the summer of 2017. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Bernard Jackman has been rewarded for Grenoble's solid start to the season by being offering a contract which will keep him as head coach until the summer of 2017. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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Bernard Jackman has been rewarded for Grenoble's solid start to the season by being offering a contract which will keep him as head coach until the summer of 2017. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Having signed a two-year extension as Grenoble head coach, former Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman has his sights set on getting the club into the European Champions Cup.

Jackman, appointed head coach this season after a couple of years as forwards coach, has been rewarded for a solid start to the Top 14 by being offering a contract which will keep him at Grenoble until the summer of 2017.

Former Munster scrum-half Mike Prendergast - promoted to backs coach this season after a couple of campaigns as skill coach - has also signed up until June 2017.

Jackman's side have won five of their ten Top 14 games this season but were beaten 61-28 by Toulon on Sunday.

"We are building all the time. That game on Sunday, for example, we were trailing 32-25 and as both of us emptied the benches they brought on internationals and we brought on academy players," he explained.

"But we are making progress all the time. This is only our third season since promotion and the aim is to make it to the Champions Cup.

"My wife and two children are settled here, we live 100 metres from the ground and we are enjoying it."

Irish Independent