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The Secret Agent Exclusive: Premiership Club Registers An Interest In Ulster’s Paddy Jackson

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JANUARY 23: Paddy Jackson of Ulster during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 round 6 game between Ulster and Oyonnax at Kingspan Stadium on January 23, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Paddy Jackson could leave Ulster at the end of the season.

As an agent, this is the busiest time of the year. Players whose contracts are due to expire in the coming months, become the focus of a tremendous amount of attention.

Sometimes clubs merely have a fleeting interest in one of the players I represent, or use me to strengthen their hand while negotiating with another party. Yet this is the world in which I work, and it is up to me to decipher what are the best options available to my clients.

There are also occasions when clubs actively pursue players who have no interest in joining them, but will make every attempt to convince my clients otherwise.

While I’m not on a position to say this is the case with the Northampton Saints’ pursuit of Ulster’s Paddy Jackson, I very much doubt that the fly-half will leave Ravenhill any time soon.

BARNET, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Paddy Jackson of Ulster Rugby kicks a penalty during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool one match between Saracens and Ulster at Allianz Park on January 16, 2016 in Barnet, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, the transfers of Johnny Sexton and Ian Madigan have shown nothing can be taken for granted.

Worryingly for JJ Hanrahan, the very fact that the Saints are looking at alternative options to Stephen Myler, suggests that they are beginning to lose faith in the former Munster playmaker, particularly after the emergence of Harry Mallinder.

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