The future of Ian Madigan may be about to become clearer as it is being reported in French media that the wantaway out-half has been offered a massive deal by English Premiership side Northampton Saints.
Madigan signalled his desire to leave the Bordeaux Begles last week and with the club agreeing to release the player from the final year of his two-year contract, speculation quickly grew that the Premiership would be the most likely destination for the 27-year-old.
Now, according to France-based Irish journalist Gavin Mortimer, French sports news outlet Midi Olympique has revealed that the Saints have offered Madigan a whopping £500,000 per year to join the club next season.
According to @midi_olympique Northampton have tabled an offer to Ian Madigan of £500,000 a season
— gavin mortimer (@gavinmortimer7) February 27, 2017
With Sale Sharks rumoured to be in the mix for the star and with Ireland provincial side Connacht also being suggested as a possible destination for the Irishman, the Northampton offer, if confirmed, would make him one of the highest paid players in world rugby.
Such an offer would almost certainly shut down any chance of Madigan returning to the provincial set-up, and with it the chance to reignite his international career.
With Johnny Sexton back from injury and Paddy Jackson now established as the Leinster man’s successor, the chances of Madigan donning the green jersey have dwindled to almost zero in recent seasons.
However, until an offer from the Saints is either confirmed or denied, question marks remain over the Dubliner’s future.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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