JAMIE HEASLIP HAS signed a new three-year contract, the IRFU confirmed today, ending the long-running saga over the Leinster and Ireland back-row’s future.
The IRFU will be celebrating yet another contract market success this evening, having also recently tied Sean O’Brien, Paul O’Connell and Keith Earls to central deals for the next two years. Heaslip’s signature has been fought over for some months, with Top 14 side Toulon offering the Lions back row an attractive deal.
The No. 8 and his agent Damien O’Donohoe of Ikon Talent are understood to have visited the Mediterranean coast-based outfit’s facilities, but ultimately RCT president Mourad Boudjellal could not convince Heaslip to make a permanent move.
The 30-year-old says he is pleased to be staying in Ireland.
It is great to have signed on for another three years with Leinster. Leinster is where I wanted to continue playing and I am happy that the process is now at end. I am looking forward to playing my role in driving success for both Leinster and Ireland.”
Heaslip also posted a message on his personal Instagram page, thanking his agent and Leinster CEO Mick Dawson.
Speaking on behalf of the IRFU, CEO Phillip Browne echoed Heaslip’s sentiments.
“We are delighted that Jamie has committed his future to Leinster and Ireland for the next three years. He has been one of most consistent performers and top number eights in world rugby for many years and has played a starring role for Leinster, Ireland and the Lions.”
Meanwhile, Leinster’s Mick Dawson expressed his relief that the province will be holding on to one of their most consistent and important players.
“We are delighted that Jamie has signed a new IRFU contract which keeps him at Leinster up to the end of the 2017 season. Jamie has played a massive role in Leinster’s success over the past six or seven years, he is a key leader within the squad and he will play an integral part in the club’s plans to compete for silverware in the years to come.”