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Sexton spurned Top 14 trio for Racing Metro
August 1, 2013
Jonathan Sexton started all three Tests for the British & Irish Lions © Getty Images
Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton has revealed he turned down offers from Toulouse, Clermont and Toulon to sign for Racing Metro.
British & Irish Lions star Sexton has signed a two-year deal with Metro on a contract reportedly worth in the region of €700,000 per year. His signature was hotly sought after and he said he turned down the advances of three Top 14 giants to commit his future to the Parisian side.
He will link up with the likes of Jamie Roberts, Dan Lydiate, Brian Mujati, Juandre Kruger and Soane Tonga'uiha in Paris and he is adamant that the financial perks of the move was not the sole basis for moving to Metro.
'I didn't know Racing," Sexton told Le Parisien. "They contacted me just like Toulouse, Clermont and Toulon did. But this club really gave me that the impression that I counted for them. They advised me to come here, saying they have a very ambitious team. I met the new coaches and I like them. Then I learned that [Jamie] Roberts and [Dan] Lydiate were coming too and that reinforced my choice.
"Of course money was one of the reasons that made me come here but it wasn't the only one. I'm going to give everything for Racing and I'm very proud to wear their colours. I have a lot of things to prove on the pitch. If people see my involvement, they'll know that I'm not only here for the money."
Metro begin their Top 14 campaign versus Brive on August 17 and they will also battle for the Heineken Cup starting against Clermont on October 13. Sexton won three Heineken Cups with his former side Leinster and he is adamant Metro have the strength in depth to contend for both competitions.
"Maybe," he said. "Why not? We have the players, the staff and the infrastructure to do it. It's possible"
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