Munster's Keith Earls
Munster’s Keith Earls has been linked with a move to English club Saracens.
The Irish Independent has reported today that the Irish international is on the verge of signing a three-year deal that would see him leave Munster at the end of this season.
But Munster supporters will be hopeful that a resolution can be reached – or that the report is wide of the mark, just as was the case with James Cronin last week when he was also rumoured to be signing with an English premiership club. He later signed a new year three-year contract with Munster.
Earls, who is one of only four Munster players on a central IRFU contract, signed a two-year deal in January 2014 to keep at the province until the end of this season. With the clock ticking on that, he has been in negotitations about a new deal.
Earls was named in Ireland’s 6 Nations squad last week and should be in line to add to his 46 caps in the upcoming campaign. However, a move abroad could jeopardise his future Ireland career as players playing overseas have generally been overlooked for international selection.
Earls, who won a Munster Senior Cup with St Munchin’s in 2006 and a Grand Slam with the Ireland U-20s in 2007, made his Munster debut in April 2007 and has since appeared 120 times, scoring 36 tries.
Also in the last year of their contract are: Conor Murray (IRFU contract), Simon Zebo, BJ Botha, Peter McCabe, Duncan Casey, Kevin O’Byrne, Billy Holland, Shane Buckley, Jordan Coughlan, Sean Doyle, Cathal Sheridan and Denis Hurley.