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'I Always Knew It Was Going To Be A One Year At A Time Job'

'I Always Knew It Was Going To Be A One Year At A Time Job'

Johnny Sexton replied with a "No" and a chuckle when asked on Wendesday if he'd been hoping for a longer contract with the IRFU.

The 35-year-old penned a new one-year deal last week which keeps him playing with Leinster until the end of next season.

"It was done in the right way," said Sexton.

"Obviously, it was delayed with all the Covid things, like everyone's was. It was agreed pretty quick.

"When you get to the age I'm at - like most guys in their mid-30s - it's one year and see how you feel. This time next year [it will be about] how the body is performing and holding up, how the mind is holding up - that's really it.

"I always knew it was going to be a one year at a time job when it got to this stage. I'm still very hungry to try and achieve success with Leinster and Ireland. Once my teammates know that and see it everyday on the training pitch, that's all that matters to me.

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"I don't think I'm motivated by contracts. I'm motivated by trying to achieve things with these teams, trying to win things. That's the way I've always been. I don't think, 'Oh, I've got to play well so I can get another one'. It doesn't work like that."

On Sunday, Ireland play Scotland in their fourth game of this year's Six Nations. Sexton agreed with Paul O'Connell's assertion that this is the best Scottish team which he's faced.

Photo by Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile

See Also: 'The Hours Are Long' - Paul O'Connell Enjoying Ireland Role

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