Saturday 21 September 2019

Zebo's pockets will be heavy so he'll be fine - Muldoon

Connacht captain John Muldoon. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Connacht captain John Muldoon. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

John Fallon

Connacht captain John Muldoon says Simon Zebo has probably put his international career 'on the back-burner' by going to France, but he can understand why he has decided to make the move.

The 34-year-old said he was often tempted to move away from his native Connacht but made the decision to remain at the Sportsground. But he said it is different for each player and that it is up to each individual to make a decision which suits them.

"It's a short career. He's been on record saying before he has got family out in France. He has got a young family. He has got some friends living out there as well in Paris and Pau.

"He saw other people go. It works for some people and they like the lifestyle out there and it doesn't work for other people. Fair play to him, he took the decision to go.

"It probably means that his international career goes on the back-burner but his pockets will be weighed down for it so he'll be fine," said Muldoon.

The Portumna native, who was pursued by Ulster among others during his career, has often wondered what might have happened had he left, but stressed that it is different for each player.

"I was often tempted. It's a decision you make and it's a decision that part of you will always wonder 'what if', other parts are saying that I'm proud to have stayed in Connacht for all of my career. Zeebs has made the decision to go, and fair play to him and I wish him the best of luck."

Kieran Keane will get to experience his first Irish derby at the Sportsground when Zebo's Munster come to the Sportsground on Friday. Props Dominic Roberston McCoy and JP Cooney are ruled out after picking up injuries at the weekend.

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