VERSATILE young Limerick rugby star Declan Cusack hopes to continue his highly promising career away from Munster with confirmation that his time with the province will finish at the end of the season.
Cusack enjoyed a remarkable 24 hours last weekend when he won a British and Irish Cup medal with Munster ‘A’ at Musgrave Park on Friday evening, before playing a key role in Garryowen’s Bateman All-Ireland Cup success over Ballymena the following afternoon at Templeville Road.
Cusack, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Saturday, joined the Munster set up in 2009 on a training contract having spent the summer training with the Munster Rugby Academy.
The former Thomond and current Garryowen player later joined the squad on a development contract, before moving to a senior contract for the 2011/12 season. The talented out-half, who has also played at inside centre in recent times, said he had really enjoyed his time with Munster.
Cusack made his competitive debut for the full Munster side against Connacht in the Magners League at the Sportsground in April 2010. He also played in three further League games last season and has featured regularly in the province’s ‘A’ side in recent seasons.
Cusack said: “I am still not sure where I am going (next season). I want to keep playing professional rugby. I don’t want to stop.
“Hopefully, that will be sorted within the next week or two and I will know where I am going.
“It won’t be with Munster, unfortunately. I have enjoyed my time immensely, I have loved every minute of it.
“There are lots of inspirational characters there and I have made some really good friends. I will take playing with Munster the whole way with me.
“Winning the Bateman Cup (with Garryowen) was a great way to end the season. Unfortunately it could be my last game for Garryowen and Munster at the same time.
“It was a weird week leading up to the two finals. I was disappointed first of all not to be starting in the British and Irish Cup final. It was easier then to play in the Bateman final. I am really pleased with the way it went, but it was tough earlier in the week. I am enjoying my birthday!”
The classy Cusack agreed that his switch to inside centre on occasion with Garryowen was something gave him an additional string to his bow.
“The move to 12 from 10 for me at Garryowen happened by accident really with the injury to Conan (Doyle). They just asked me to move there. The roles are similar enough. I still get to do my kicking and stuff like that. I have really enjoyed the switch. It has opened my eyes a small bit. Now, I class myself as a 10/12.”