Leinster’s Jack Conan could be about to find himself at a crossroads in his career. A player of undoubted ability, the 24-year-old number eight currently finds himself behind Jamie Heaslip in Leinster’s pecking order.
Indeed, Conan might have to bide his time on the bench a little longer after Jamie Heaslip signed a new contract with the IRFU, keeping him Leinster until after the 2019 World Cup. By which time Conan will be 27 and will himself have to see off the highly rated Max Deegan for a place in Leinster’s starting XV.
Therefore, it doesn’t come as too of a surprise to see The Telegraph link both the Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers linked with a move for Conan.
Although the number eight recently told the Irish Independent that he was ready to fight for his place at Leinster, it is easy to understand why overseas clubs might want to take advantage of Conan’s situation.
Despite impressing against Munster in the Pro12 earlier this season, where Conan managed to make more meters than CJ Stander, and scoring a hat trick against Montpellier in Champions Cup a few weeks later, Conan has not been able to establish himself in Leinster’s first choice back row.
Consequently, if the reported interest from the Premiership does materialise into a move, it would be difficult to criticise Conan for taking advantage of the opportunity presented to him.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena