This will come as very worrying news to Munster supporters.
The Irish Times are reporting that Peter O’Mahony is currently in talks with two French and one English club over a potential move away from Munster.
O’Mahony’s central contract with the IRFU will expire in July and negotiations have been taking place with O’Mahony’s representatives and the IRFU over a new deal.
However, it is understood that the deal which the IRFU have offered the Cork man is well below what O’Mahony and his advisors believe to be his market value.
Of course, Munster are already planning to be without Simon Zebo from next season onwards. The 27-year-old will move to the Top14 next season and it would be a complete hammer blow to Munster and Irish rugby if the man who captained the British and Irish Lions in the first Test against the All Blacks was to follow Zebo out of Ireland.
Interestingly, the report also understands that the offer from one of the French clubs is double that which the IRFU have offered O’Mahony.
This time of year always brings contract negotiations and speculation and we have seen in the past how speaking to other clubs has been used as a mechanism for Irish players to get a better deal from the IRFU. Munster supporters will certainly be hoping this is the case this time around and that the IRFU will offer a deal to O’Mahony which will keep their captain in the southern province for the foreseeable future.