Ian Madigan confirms he is leaving Leinster
Ian Madigan will leave the Irish province at the end of the season to join French Top 14 side Bordeaux Begles
The Ireland international said he believed the “timing was right” to make the move to France
The number 10 has played 135 times for Leinster to date, amassing 765 points
Ian Madigan said the “timing was right” to make the move to Bordeaux after confirming he will join the Top 14 side at the end of the season.
“While this was a very difficult decision for me to make, leaving the club that I have represented my whole professional life, I feel that the timing is right and it is a challenge that I’m looking forward to,” said the 26-year-old.
“Bordeaux Bègles are a team that are making strides in the Top 14 and in Europe and I look forward to being part of that journey and to experiencing a new style of rugby and a new life in France.”
“Finally to the Leinster Rugby supporters, who have been hugely supportive of me in good times and in bad, thank you. There is a huge few weeks and months ahead with Leinster, and I look forward to playing my part and trying to finish the season out as strongly as possible for them.”
Madigan has played 135 times for Leinster, scoring 765 points (24 tries) since his debut in May 2009 against the Newport Gwent Dragons and has won two Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and two PRO12 titles during his time with Leinster.
The Ireland international has also won 25 caps and won two Six Nations titles.