Ian Madigan wants to come home. The out-half refuted reports that he’s asked for an early release from his contract.
The former Leinster out-half has one year left on his current deal with French Top 14 side Bordeaux.
Madigan told 98FM's Darren Cleary that returning to Ireland is the plan, and he’d be open to play at any of the provinces:
“A move back to Ireland would be something that would definitely excitement I’ve great memories of playing for Leinster and Ireland.
“No,” Madigan responds when asked if its Leinster or bust for him.
“I think from moving away it has definitely opened up my horizons to joining one of the other provinces or another club in Europe."
Madigan is determined to make his final year in France a success, he met with Bordeaux president Laurent Marti recently to raise concerns he had:
“I had a conversation with the president two weeks ago, discussing certain things in the club. I ultimately told him I still wanted things to work in Bordeaux for me, he told me he was going to take some time to think about it and get back to me.
Madigan detailed his gripes, which centered around the clubs failure to make it to the knockout stage of the Champions Cup:
“There’s a few things, it was disappointing how we exited the Heineken Cup having got ourselves in a good position beating Ulster at home, getting a losing bonus point against Clermont and then beating Exeter away, we were sitting pretty well after 3 games on 9 points.”
Madigan criticised the coaches decision to make changes to the team for the home clash with Exeter, a game he feels cost them qualification:
“To rotate and lose against Exeter at home, we subsequently ended up on 13 points, Toulon qualified on 15 points.
“It was disappointing to have exited. For a club like UBB that’s only 10 years old to have made a European quarter-final would’ve been incredible for the club but also the players involved.”
Ireland international and former Ireland U20s out-half, Ian Madigan was announcing Electric Ireland’s continued support of the Under 20’s 2017 Rugby Six Nations Home Games in Donnybrook.
Electric Ireland believe in Smarter Living and for rugby fans these matches are the smarter choice to experience the Six Nations atmosphere while seeing at first hand the future stars of Irish rugby.