Clermont Auvergne have moved to quell reports linking them with former Ulster player Paddy Jackson.
There had been rumours that, following his sacking by Ulster at the weekend, Jackson looked set to try and rebuild his career with the Top 14 club, but Clermont officially stopped those reports in their tracks as of Monday afternoon.
Rather than make any reference to the circumstances surrounding his Ulster release, however, head coach Frank Azema simply stated that his side were well stocked in that position, which meant there is no need to be on the lookout for more bodies.
“There is no contact between Paddy Jackson and the club and no desire on our part to engage his services. I trust our workforce in this position where we do not lack resources with Camille Lopez, Patricio Fernandez, Ice Toeava and Dorian Lavernhe who continues to progress and whom we trust.
“With the constraints imposed by the Salary Cap, it is not possible to strengthen the position of opener where the internal solutions are numerous.
“End of the rumor.”
Jackson, along with fellow Ireland international Stuart Olding, were let go by Ulster last week following an internal review carried out by the province and the IRFU. The pair had been on trial to face charges in relation to the alleged rape and sexual assault of a woman in 2016, and while they were subsequently acquitted, their conduct was such that Ulster saw fit to terminate their contracts.
Despite Clermont’s lack of interest in signing Jackson, both he and Olding remain hopeful of rebuilding their careers with new clubs in the near future.