Thursday 14 December 2017

Ian Madigan hints at move back to Ireland to boost international chances

Ian Madigan in action for Ireland
Ian Madigan in action for Ireland

Ian Madigan has hinted he would return to Ireland when he leaves Bordeaux Begles at the end of the season.

The race to sign the Irish out-half is on after it was revealed he asked to leave the French side a year before his contract runs out.

Speaking to RTE News, Madigan said: "I’ve great memories of playing in Ireland and playing with Leinster and a move back home certainly isn’t something I would rule out.

“The way professional sport has gone now you’ve got to keep an open mind with all options and a move back would probably improve my chances of getting back into the reckoning with Irish selection. So it’s something that would definitely excite me.”

Northampton Saints are leading the chase to sign Madigan. The Saints are on the look-out for a replacement for Munster-bound JJ Hanrahan and have targeted Aaron Cruden, George Ford and Paddy Jackson without success.

London Irish, Gloucester and Bristol are also thought to be monitoring the situation.

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