“If He Keeps Performing Like That Mate, I Know We’re Going To Want To Be Keeping Him.”

Athlete.

Connacht head coach Andy Friend has expressed the province’s interest in keeping Munster loanee Alex Wootton beyond his current deal which expires at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Wootton was hugely impressive for the western province at the weekend as they scored an big win over rivals Ulster, with the winger surplus to requirements at Munster following a difficult run of injuries.

The former Northampton Saints academy man was brought to Ireland by Munster back in 2016 and shone in his first couple of seasons, scoring 13 tries in 39 appearances for the southern province.

Despite being born in England, Wootton is eligible for Ireland selection through his Down father and looks like he could be a real asset to the western province. And Connacht head coach Andy Friend is certainly a fan.

“I was really impressed with his performance,” Friend told us this week.

“From the minute he walked in here, you can see he’s an athlete. He’s got genuine, genuine speed. 

“But I loved more just his read of the game, his anticipation around the game. So, we’re really impressed with Alex. It’s a great opportunity for Alex to come to Connacht and it’s a great opportunity for Connacht to have Alex.   

“I know he’s enjoying his time here and we’re certainly enjoying his time here. 

“It’s a loan deal for this year but I know he’s enjoying his time here. If he keeps performing like that mate, I know we’re going to want to be keeping him.”