Shane Geraghty will rejoin London Irish this summer after signing a two-year deal with the club he left in 2009.
Geraghty left London Irish in 2009 when coach Toby Booth accused Geraghty of making financial demands that the club were not prepared to commit to. At the time this angered much of the London Irish supporters. The director of rugby at the club, Brian Smith, insists the move to resign the player will be welcomed by the supporters. Geraghty graduated from the clubs academy and with more clubs wanting their players to be home grown this may prove to be a clever signing.
Smith who is a former England attacking coach expressed how excited he is about the prospect of Geraghty linking up with Ireland international scrum half Tomas O’ Leary, who is joining the club from Munster in the summer. Smith stated that Geraghty is “a game-breaking ball player and he’s matured as a game controller. As we’re a team that wants to attack, Shane is a great player to partner Tomas O’Leary. His contribution during his first spell with London Irish was massive and I know he will contribute the same when he joins us again. We’re looking forward to welcoming him back into the fold.”
Booth felt let down at the time when Geraghty decided to leave the club for non-financial reasons and was very disappointed with his decision. When he moved to Northampton Geraghty failed to become a regular first team player and then moved to Brive last summer. Booth will no doubt hope the attitude of the player will have improved as London Irish are in a rebuilding phase with the signing of O’ Leary and Leicester lock George Skivington also.