Penney opens talks to see out three-year Munster project
ROB PENNEY has begun negotiations with Munster over a contract extension and hopes to stay with the province for at least one more season after his current deal expires in June.
The New Zealander is almost at the midpoint of his second season at the club having replaced Tony McGahan in 2012 and believes that his work in regenerating the team is a three-year project.
The province currently lead the Pro12 after nine games and sit second in Pool 6 of the Heineken Cup ahead of the first of their crucial back-to-back meetings with Perpignan which will define their season on Sunday.
The former Canterbury coach took over during a period in which many senior players retired. He endured a testing time during his first campaign in charge as he sought to introduce a new style of play and bring through a new generation of players.
The team's run to the Heineken Cup semi-final, where they lost to Clermont, papered over some of the cracks shown in their league form, which saw them finish sixth in the Pro12, but they have started this season well apart from the Heineken Cup round one slip-up at Edinburgh.
"There's some discussions going on, I'd very much like to stay," Penney said. "I always thought it was a three-year process and I'd like to see that through, but that's a decision for others to make."
Munster are highly unlikely to have Donnacha Ryan available for either of their meetings with Perpignan despite his return to training, while Andrew Conway is out of Sunday's clash with a knee injury.