Munster have confirmed that out-half, Ian Keatley, will see out the rest of the season with Declan Kidney’s London Irish side.
The province announced earlier this month that the 31-year-old will join Benetton at the end of the season after eight years at Munster.
Keatley stepped up to the out-half role following the retirement of Ronan O’Gara but has found himself slipping down the pecking order following the signing of Joey Carbery and the return of JJ Hanrahan from Northampton Saints.
Commenting on his 180 Munster appearances, the Dublin native thanked the fans for their support.
“I just want to say a big thank you to everyone for their support and messages since announcing my move to Treviso, it has been overwhelming hearing from you all.”
“I want to say thanks for all the support me and my family have received over the years, I know my parents and family will miss coming down here.”
“I’m never going to forget the terrific support I got on days in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, especially those big European occasions in Limerick which are really special days, and I have fantastic memories for life.”
“I’ve experienced great highs and some low lows over my career, with the highs far outweighing the lows, but the support following Axel’s passing is what sums up Munster for me. It’s for that I’m really going to miss this place, it has been special, and it has been true.”
“I know I’m from Dublin, but I’ve lived here for the last eight years, and with my fiancée Lisa and daughter Beth born here, I know we will be back again. I’m from Munster and I’m a Limerick man now, and it holds a special place in my heart.”
“I’ve this opportunity now to go and get some game time before the end of the season and I’m excited about going out playing rugby again.”
“Thanks again for your support throughout the years.”
Keatley is not the only Irish out-half Declan Kidney is interested in reporting with recent media reports suggesting that Perpignan’s Paddy Jackson is close to signing a deal with the English side.