The Joey Carbery saga looks set to be nearing a conclusion.
The topic of the Ireland international’s future has been the subject of plenty of speculation recently – but, according to the Irish Independent on Thursday, Munster are closing in on a move for the Leinster outhalf.
The report claims that Carbery will move to Munster on a two-year deal in the coming days, though it could be a little while longer before official confirmation of a deal is announced to the public.
Although Leinster would like to keep hold of the 22-year-old as a major asset in terms of squad depth, giving him regular game time is of more importance in terms of his international prospects ahead of next year’s World Cup.
To that end, and with Johnny Sexton very much the first-choice number ten, Carbery has been convinced to seek pastures new and Munster can offer him the starts that he so desperately needs, though leaving the Champions Cup and Pro14 champions has obviously been a difficult decision for him to make.
What the mooted transfer means for the multitude of outhalf options already available to Johann van Graan at Munster, however, remains to be seen.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, who is backing the move as he too would love to see Carbery play more, will address the media on Thursday, when the subject of the player’s impending move to Munster will almost certainly be raised.