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Clermont Release Statement Distancing Themselves From Paddy Jackson

Clermont Release Statement Distancing Themselves From Paddy Jackson

Top 14 club Clermont Auvergne have moved to distance themselves from reports they were interested in signing Irish out-half Paddy Jackson.

The French side put out a statement on their club website distancing themselves from the weekends reports, calling it "false information." Head coach Franck Azéma is quoted as confirming they have no interest in the former Ulster player.

The Irish out-half will not come.

The IRFU confirmed that the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding had been revoked with immediate effect over the weekend. In the aftermath, several reports emerged of English and French clubs interested in both players- Jackson being linked with Clermont while Olding has been linked with Exeter Chiefs. Now both clubs have distanced themselves from those rumours.

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Clermont went on to clarify they were happy with the options already available.

There is no contact between Paddy Jackson and the club and no desire on our part to engage his services. I trust our workforce in this position where we do not lack resources with Camille Lopez, Patricio Fernandez, Ice Toeava and Dorian Lavernhe who continues to progress and whom we trust. With the constraints imposed by the Salary Cap, it is not possible to strengthen the position of out-half where the internal solutions are numerous.

SEE ALSO: Paddy Jackson 'Paid Off' By IRFU In Deal Close To Contract Value

Maurice Brosnan

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