Whilst Luke Fitzgerald ‘loves Leinster’ he hasn’t ruled out a move abroad. The 23 times capped Ireland back is currently in contract negotiations with his province and the IRFU and has admitted that a move abroad could help his development.
Speaking on this morning’s iTalkSport on Setanta Sports, Fitzgerald had some interesting points to make:
On Contract negotiations:
I’m actually in the middle of that at the moment, but I leave all that stuff up to my agent. He’d be very adamant on keeping me separate from that.
The decision is mine. My agent and my dad try to keep me separate from that, especially at a time like this, even though it is time for my contract negotiations. They really want me to focus on the rugby, so I suppose I’ll probably be involved in the last ditch stuff.
Would he move abroad?
I absolutely love Leinster and Ireland and all my family are here. (But) there’s always scope for that (a move away) at some stage, absolutely. It would be a great experience, not just rugby-wise but for me personally, to test myself in a different environment…It’s all up in the air at the moment.
Getting back into Declan Kidney’s Ireland plans:
As regards the long term ambitions, they’re the same as they always have been – to play well for Leinster and get into the Irish team. That never changes.
Whilst last year was a tough period – there was a similar time period that I was out for – I hope the learning curve from that will help me this year… In training at the moment I’m saying “Jeez, let’s not let this happen again!” I’ve learnt from it and I feel like it shouldn’t affect me as much as it did last year.
Does it hurt not to have played against France this week?
Absolutely it does. It’s one of those really tough things where you want the Irish team to do well, while at the same time saying “I’d love if there was an opportunity for me to get in there to play.”
It’s one of those things that sportsmen always struggle with. You do want the team to do well, no question about that. But at the same time you’re saying “I’d love if the guy playing in my position doesn’t have his best game.” It’s a real tough thing for most sportsmen.
Leinster fans in particular will be hoping that he remains with the province for some years yet.
What do you think? Would Fitzgerald benefit from a move say to France or England ?