Ian Madigan Could Be Set For A Return To Ireland At The End Of The Season
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Former Leinster outhalf Ian Madigan could be set for a return to Ireland at the end of the season with his contract set to expire at the Bristol Bears.
Madigan left Leinster back in 2016 in search of more rugby, joining French side Bordeaux on a lucrative contract. But his time in France was shortlived with Pat Lam’s Bristol snapping him up after just one season.
The 30-year-old played a key role in their promotion from the Championship but has seen his minutes restricted in the Premiership over the last couple of seasons, particularly this campaign.
And now it appears Madigan is prepared to head back home at the end of the season. Speaking on the Left Wing podcast, the talented playmaker said he’s open to playing with any of the four provinces.
“My contract is up in Bristol at the end of the season,” Madigan said.
“I’m going through that process at the moment and maybe potentially looking at coming back home, all the Irish provinces are going as strong as ever and you would love to be involved there again, but you just have to wait and see.
“I’d be open to playing at any of the provinces, be that Leinster, Munster, Connacht or Ulster. There are great things going on with Andy Friend in Connacht and Dan McFarland in Ulster. Munster and Leinster are strong as ever, it would be a joy to play with any of the provinces.”
Who do you think Madigan should join if he returns to Ireland? Would he be welcome back at Leinster? Perhaps a move to Munster would be a good idea? Especially considering he can cover a number of positions in the backline.
Connacht and Ulster might also be interested. It’s not often a player of his calibre becomes available. There’s no doubt Andy Farrell would welcome having him back and available for selection, especially if he can rediscover the kind of form that made him a household name here.