Monday 18 February 2019

Leinster centre to join Leicester Tigers with top prospect Conor O'Brien set to sign senior contract

Noel Reid is set to make the switch to the Premiership and join Leicester. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Noel Reid is set to make the switch to the Premiership and join Leicester. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Des Berry

It looks like Noel Reid is on his way to Premiership club Leicester Tigers at the end of the season.

The long-mooted move for the experienced playmaker looks like happening as impressive Academy centre Conor O’Brien is expected to move up to his first senior contract. 

The 28-year-old is a veteran of 114 Leinster appearances and just one cap for Ireland against Argentina, as far back as 2014. 

The out-half/inside centre would follow a well-worn Leinster path, trodden by the likes of current Blues coach Leo Cullen, Shane Jennings, Johne Murphy, Gavin Hickie and Dominic Ryan.

Even Leicester head coach Geordan Murphy couldn’t resist the lure of the East-Midlands club back in the day.

It should come as no surprise to see Ulster continue to make moves as part of their march back towards the top-end of club rugby.

The interest generated by Dan McFarland’s men has already ensured a sold-out Aviva Stadium for the Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster.

They have also made a statement of intent in convincing Marcel Coetzee to extend his contract by three years.

The injury-riddled Springbok has been back on form in recent months and the Northern Province has shown no hesitation in keeping Coetzee.

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