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Halfpenny Set For Colossal Pay Cut If He Remains At Toulon Next Season [Midi Olympique]

As Leigh Halfpenny prepares to link up with the British and Irish Lions squad, reports in France suggest the Wales international will be facing a massive pay cut at Toulon on his return.

The versatile full-back has been with the Top 14 giants since 2014 but in that time he has had his fair share of injuries, leading to his involvement being curtailed to an average of only ten games per season since his arrival.

His current deal, which sees him take home a massive €600,000 per year, is due to expire soon and the player has been in protracted negotiations over an extension. Now, according to French news outlet Midi Olympique (via France-based rugby journalist Gavin Mortimer), Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is set to offer the 28-year-old a two-year extension worth a reported €350,000.

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This would see the Welshman taking a colossal €250,000 per year pay cut, something that he is reportedly not keen to do. Mortimer reports that Boudjellal wouldn’t be surprised if Halfpenny departed this summer.

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Mortimer’s claims appear to stem from Midi Olypmique’s bi-weekly publication,

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Translating the French text, it is apparent that there is still much to negotiate before any deal is done.

“Leigh Halfpenny, who wishes to stay in Toulon but still has not signed an extension of contract. The Welshman is among the top-rated players of the Top 14 (€600,000 season) but he has not worn the Toulon jersey in three years (ten games of Top 14 on average), between injuries, courses and selections with the XV du Poireau [international duties].

“As a result, his president was reluctant to extend his contract… Not at the same rate, in any case. Boudjellal offered him an offer of extension for two additional seasons at €350,000-a-year. Offer remained unanswered, far from satisfying Halfpenny.”

The Welshman was in imperious form overnight as he kicked Toulon into the final of the Top 14 championship, scoring all 18 of his side’s points in an 18-15 victory over regular season runaway leaders La Rochelle.

Following his heroics, the British and Irish Lions have confirmed that Halfpenny will miss the final on June 4 as he is set to link up with the Lions on Sunday.

So with Halfpenny finally set to join his fellow Lions ahead of their trip south to New Zealand in the coming days, it appears there is still uncertainty over his club future.

However, given his age and obvious talents, he will certainly not be short of suitors if he does decide to leave Toulon on his return.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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