Monday 21 January 2019

Leinster fume as Joey Carbery leaves for Munster in two-year deal

Joey Carbery is moving to Munster
Joey Carbery is moving to Munster
Joey Carbery poses for a portrait following an Ireland press conference at Carton House in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Joey Carbery will be a Munster player next season and Leinster appear to be unhappy to lose one of their most gifted young players.

Carbery confirmed the switch yesterday, saying that the prospect of playing at out-half more regularly was at the heart of a difficult decision.

Munster issued a short statement confirming the deal, but Leinster broke with usual protocol by not commenting on the transfer.

Normally, the club issue a statement on a player's departure, acknowledging their contribution as they did with Jordi Murphy when he moved to Ulster.

It is understood that Leinster's hierarchy are unhappy with the way Carbery's move played out and the IRFU's influence, despite Joe Schmidt's insistence yesterday that he had played a limited role in the decision.

Carbery is expected to pen a two-year deal.

"I understand why Leinster would be desperately keen to hang on to him and why Munster feel that it's a bonus," Schmidt said. "That's a decision he's made.

"Apart from him catching up with me, I've left him to it.

"The inital conversation with Leo [Cullen], myself and David Nucifora was not the best timing ... it certainly wasn't where I wanted to be but I had a job to do.

"All we asked was if there was any interest for Ross [Byrne] or Joey to go to Ulster, who were looking for a foreign option.

"There was a bit of interest from Joey, he mulled that over; got an approach from Munster and it digressed."

Irish Independent

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