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Leinster's Ian Madigan weighs up future amid interest from Bristol and Harlequins
ESPN Staff
November 26, 2015
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Ireland playmaker Ian Madigan is weighing up reported interest from Bristol and Harlequins as he decides where his future lies.

Madigan's contract is up in the summer and Bristol have reportedly tabled an offer for his services. Talking to the Irish Examiner, Madigan said any move to Bristol would come with a "massive risk" as he "certainly wouldn't be looking to play in the Championship" as he also considers re-signing with his current province Leinster.

"At the moment, [I'm] just going through the process of weighing up my options," Madigan, who has 25 Ireland caps, said. "Still waiting for Leinster and the IRFU to get back, but I think the way it is now, you have to look at all your options. I'm doing that at the moment, waiting for my agent to come back to me on what interest is out there.

"I'll weigh up the pros and cons of staying here, the pros and cons of going elsewhere, the ambitions of the other clubs. The opportunities to play in the 10 position, or the 12 position. The style of play of Leinster going forward, and the style of play of other clubs that would be of interest. All the while, working closely with Joe Schmidt, and seeing what he thinks will be best for me moving forward in the Irish set-up."

Madigan is also reportedly weighing up interest from Harlequins. "The appeal of a club like Harlequins is that they are a club that looks to win the Premiership every year," Madigan said. "It's very disappointing that they're not in the Champions Cup this year. But, I've no doubt they will be straight back with their finish in the Premiership at the end of the season. You've got an Irish coach there, Conor O'Shea, who plays a very expansive style.

"You've got world-class forwards and backs. You've got the English captain. You've got Danny Care, a quality nine, the likes of Mike Brown, a tried and tested international."

If Madigan decides to leave Leinster, he may opt to sign for another province. "I think you'd be naïve to rule it out. The IRFU probably want to keep as many players in Ireland as possible. If you are within Ireland, you are giving yourself the best possible chance to be picked for the national team.

"The further you move away, the further you're hampering your chances of being selected for your country. So, it's something you have to consider - to keep that option open."

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