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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Madigan: move is on

'That's what I'm always thinking - can I keep growing at Leinster?'

Ian Madigan in action for Leinster
Ian Madigan in action for Leinster

Ian Madigan has all but ruled out joining ambitious English club Bristol - but revealed he is now open to a move away from Leinster.

The Ireland out-half admitted he would consider Ulster, Munster or a top English Premiership club.

"I certainly wouldn't be looking to play in the Championship in England ," said Madigan.

"If you did decide to move to a club like Bristol, you're taking a massive risk in them not getting promoted. That would definitely factor into my decision."

The Ireland international is at the start of contract negotiations with the IRFU and his agent Ryan Constable has made the decision to listen to any offers, including those from the other Irish provinces.

It was a "no brainer" for Madigan when it came to signing his last contract with Leinster.

"It's very different to three years ago. Times do change," he said. "I'm only 26, I'm still looking to developing as a player and that's something that I'm always thinking - can I keep growing at Leinster?

"I play sport to win competitions and to win medals. That's why I'm in this business."

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