Thursday 17 October 2019

Should he stay or should he go - Kearney facing tough decision as he weighs up future

Rob Kearney. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Rob Kearney. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

John Morley

Rob Kearney was a notable absentee from the list of Leinster contract renewals yesterday as speculation grows that this season could be the fullback's last in blue.

The 32-year-old's IRFU contract runs out after the World Cup, and Kearney is currently in negotiations over a new one. However, the Ireland star's manager has said that the offer he has received from the union was 'well below' what he wanted, and Kearney is now in discussions with two French clubs over a possible move to the Top 14.

Speaking on the Left Wing, Independent.ie's rugby podcast, Luke Fitzgerald said that a move away from Leinster may suit all parties, allowing budding young talent to emerge at the province while giving Kearney a lucrative swansong abroad.

"Rob still seems to think he's playing very well, so that will be a difficult decision for him whether he moves away, or whether there's actually options on the table for him," Fitzgerald said.

"I think he might be a very important piece of a puzzle somewhere... Somewhere like London Irish might be ideal for someone like him."

When it comes down to Kearney's own decision on his playing career, Fitzgerald thinks Kearney should weigh up the best offer before making a decision.

"If the moneys not right you just need to move on, that's the way I always viewed it," added Fitzgerald.

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