Sexton set to commit his future to Leinster and Ireland

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Updated: February 3, 2011

Irish outhalf, Jonathan Sexton has turned down a €500,000 deal from a Top 14 side and now looks set to commit his future to Leinster and Ireland.

However, Jamie Heaslip has yet to agree a new deal and there is still a possibility that the forward may yet decide on a move abroad in the next few months.

Last week Heaslip said that he had received a number of offers and declared that the IRFU had to “value the player” and match what other sides were prepared to pay for his services.

The IRFU work within strict financial guidelines and now that they have successfully signed Sexton, they may well be prepared to allow Heaslip to walk away if an agreement cannot be reached shortly.

If the union were to sign both players it would cost over €1m per year once bonuses and appearance fees are taken into account and this may prove too expensive for the governing body. With Sean O’Brien emerging as a real star for both Leinster and Ireland this season, the IRFU may decide to let Heaslip make a move abroad as they now have a ready replacement.

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