It has been confirmed this morning Connacht winger, Cian Kelleher will return to Leinster next season.
Kelleher came up through the Leinster Academy but turned down a promotion to the senior set-up in 2016 in order to pursue more game time out west.
According to Gavin Cummiskey of The Irish Times, Leo Cullen wanted to keep the highly-rated youngster in Dublin, especially after Luke Fitgerald was forced into retirement.
Kelleher has proved a big hit at The Sportsground having scored 14 tries in 44 appearances.
News of Kelleher’s departure will come as a huge blow to Connacht who have been improving, and probably feel that they should have won all three of their inter-pros over the Christmas period.
Kelleher will face tough opposition if he is to break into an already extremely strong Leinster side. The two wing positions are currently held by rising star, Jordan Larmour, and James Lowe who has proved an excellent addition since moving to Ireland.
Larmour and Lowe have been occupying the positions throughout their crunch European games, however, the province have a lot more talent in their squad with Adam Byrne, Barry Daly, Fergus McFadden, Joe Tomane, Dave Kearney and Rory O’Loughlin all playing the position in recent months.
It is now thought that Andy Friend will attempt to turn the loan deal involving Leinster centre and Ireland Sevens captain Tom Daly into a permanent move.
Kelleher may well get the chance to link up with his younger brother Ronan at Leinster. The 20-year-old Landsdowne hooker is highly rated in the province and has trained with the squad in the past.