The coaching staff at Leinster Rugby are set to sign new two year extensions with the province.
Head coach Leo Cullen along with senior coach Stuart Lancaster, backs coach Girvan Dempsey and scrum coach John Fogarty have reportedly committed to the cause.
No official confirmation has come from the province, but head coach Leo Cullen indicated recently that an announcement was due soon.
He recently told Newstalk : "I think we're all reasonably keen to progress, we're all working away behind the scenes. It's looking reasonably positive at the moment without announcing anything."
Scrum-coach John Fogarty didn’t want to spoil the secret and stopped short of confirming that the current coaching team would remain in place.
Fogarty did concede he was committed to the cause and personally delighted to extend his Leinster deal:
“It’s so good to hear the players commit to it”, Fogarty said.
“Some people in other quarters get annoyed saying ‘Leinster have x amount of players’ but players want to play here, it’s a province that’s going to be involved in big days going into the future so for the playing group to commit to Leinster is brilliant.
“As a coaching group we’ve certainly learned a huge amount in the last season or two, this is where we want to be and this is certainly where I want to be for the foreseeable future.”
The news that the coaching team will remain in place until 2019 is a significant boost for the Blues who last week confirmed that 15 players had signed new deals.
Fogarty laughed off questions about the new deal Lancaster has reportedly agreed, directing those queries to Guy Easterby, Leinster’s Head of Rugby Operations.
The former Leinster hooker did hail the impact of the Englishman:
“I think Stuart has been a really good addition to the coaching staff and that’s massively helped things. We’re a year down the line as a coaching group in terms of experience.
“I think a combination of all those things have led to us having a pretty decent pre-season, a nice run of games into this point of the season.
“It’s been good but we’re certainly not getting carried away, we’re putting ourselves in a position where we can do something at the end of the season.
“That’s what we’re driving for, last season was a bit disappointing, a home semi-final is what we’re after, and it’s not going to be easy in Galway.
“We’re going to hit for every point we can. We’re in a semi-final in Europe so it’s been good so far.”