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Identity Of Ian Madigan's Next Club Is Becoming Clearer

Identity Of Ian Madigan's Next Club Is Becoming Clearer

Ian Madigan's spell in France looks to be as brief as it has been unhappy: reports in France today claim that Madigan has requested to leave Bordeaux, citing his lack of playing time - he hasn't started a Top 14 game since the end of October - and the interest from other clubs as the primary reasons behind this desire.

Despite the fact that Madigan signed a two-year contract last summer, the club are receptive to offers, providing they can sign a replacement. Toby Flood is touted as the prime candidate to replace the Irish out-half.

Exactly where Madigan is going next is unclear, although Irish manager Paul Dean did say today that Madigan was better off coming home:

In spite of that, Madigan has noot been contacted by the IRFU with a view to coming back home, per Gavin Cummiskey of the Irish Times.

A move to the AVIVA Premiership looks most likely, with Neil Fissler of the Rugby Paper and the Express, reporting that Northampton Saints are interested in Madigan:

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So while Madigan doesn't look like heading back to Ireland anytime soon, this is a move that has a bit of Irish negotiation at its heart: Madigan, should he move to Northampton, will be viewed as a replacement for JJ Hanrahan, who is heading back to Munster next season.

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Gavin Cooney
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Changed the spelling of his name upon pressure from Michael Owen.

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