Aviva Premiership
Booth plays down Henson link
September 20, 2010
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London Irish boss Toby Booth has revealed there is 'less than a one percent chance' of him signing want-away Ospreys star Gavin Henson.

Booth spoke after Sunday's 23-16 victory over Gloucester, and he addressed previous comments where he had left the door open for the Wales international. Henson has publicly spoken of his desire to move to England for personal reasons, and Booth appeared to have thrown his hat into the ring.

"No English club can afford to pay a transfer fee but if Gavin is able to sort out his affairs then I would be interested in having talks with him," Booth said. "I would never say never about any player and there are only so many good players around. There is no point cutting off your nose to spite your face. It is about getting the right player for the right deal."

However, as Henson prepares to appear on a television dancing show, Booth insists there has been no discussion over the centre, and he does not predict a move formulating in the near future, despite the fact Henson's contract expires at the end of the season. "I've had no contact on that front - the situation is pretty clear from our point of view," said Booth.

"There are a significant amount of things to consider before that even becomes a possibility. Is he the right player for the club? Is he the right sort of player for the way we want to play? What is his motivation for playing because it is not us doing Gavin Henson a favour, if he feels he wants to contribute (to the club) we will have a conversation.

"We are here to be a serious contender in what we are trying to do. If he wants to contribute to that, of course we will have a conversation. But we haven't spoken to him, and I don't expect to speak to him, and I probably said I would speak to him because I like to be different.

"You would be pretty foolish to bring somebody in to be part of a very dominant cultural group that is very serious about what we do. I'd be very careful about any inclusion of anyone that is potentially going to threaten that. It would be my decision, but we haven't held a conversation about it. There is less than a one percent chance."

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