Guinness Premiership
El Abd quells Toulon rumour
February 2, 2009
Bristol captain Joe El Abd passes, Harlequins v Bristol, Guinness Premiership, Twickenham Stoop, September 13, 2008
Joe El Abd has not decided on his playing future © Getty Images
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Bristol skipper Joe El Abd has moved to quell speculation that he is to join free-spending Top 14 side Toulon at the end of the season.

El Abd is currently recovering following surgery on a torn bicep, and had been linked to the French club as his contract in the West Country is set to expire. He has spoken to dispel rumours that a deal has been signed however, although he has admitted that his agent has been in contact with a number of clubs.

"It's no secret that I'm out of contract at the end of the season and, like every other professional rugby player, I'm keen to sort out my playing future," he said. "My agent is currently in talks with a number of parties, including Bristol Rugby, but nothing has been signed so it would be inappropriate to comment further."

"I've been at Bristol since 2003 and have seen both good times and bad times. We face a challenging few months here at the Mem [Memorial Stadium] and I remain 100% committed to Bristol Rugby and our fight to retain Guinness Premiership status."


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