Friday 14 December 2018

Ian Madigan open to future Leinster return - and doesn't rule out playing for another province

15 April 2016; Ian Madigan, Leinster, kicks a conversion. Guinness PRO12, Round 20, Leinster v Edinburgh. RDS Arena, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
15 April 2016; Ian Madigan, Leinster, kicks a conversion. Guinness PRO12, Round 20, Leinster v Edinburgh. RDS Arena, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Former Leinster and Ireland fly-half Ian Madigan says playing for his province again in his career would be a 'perfect scenario'.

Madigan won two European Cups with Leinster and was capped for Ireland 30 times before moving to French side Bordeaux Begles in 2016.

In 2017, he signed a three-year contract with English club Bristol, who currently hold a 13-point lead at the top of the Championship and look set to secure promotion back to the Premiership next season.

Speaking on The Left Wing podcast with Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery, the out-half said it would be great to pull on the Leinster jersey again but is firmly focusing on Bristol at the moment.

"It was dream come true stuff, playing with your best friends for the team you supported growing up," Madigan said.

Madigan also refused to rule out playing his rugby elsewhere in Ireland at some stage, should the opportunity arise.

"Ideally to get back and play for Leinster again would be a perfect scenario, but I wouldn't shut off going and playing for any of the other provinces.

"For me at the moment my focus is very much with Bristol. I have another two a half years to run on that contract so that's where my focus is at currently, but you know I wouldn't rule it out."

On whether he regretted leaving the Leinster and Ireland set-up, Madigan says he doesn't look back on his decision with any regrets.

"It moves on very quickly," he said.

"You kind of have it in your head, it will be different without me, but the reality is Leinster and Ireland, they're machines, and they just move on.

"There's plenty of other sob stories out there, and mine certainly isn't one," Madigan said.

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