Transfer Rumours: French and British clubs make move to sign Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding
Paddy Jackson has been approached by clubs in the UK and France as Ulster and the IRFU decide on the pair’s future following the Belfast rape trial.
Despite being found innocent, the intense media scrutiny around the trial and the vilification of the pair by a section of social media means that the IRFU may simply deem them as too hot to handle from a public relations viewpoint
Two rugby clubs have already approached Jackson, reportedly Exeter Chiefs and Montpellier.
An unnamed third club has also shown interest in both Jackson and Olding, according to the Sunday Independent.
However, Jackson is said to have made it clear to his representatives that the only club he wants to play for is Ulster.
Legal representatives for Jackson and Olding are preparing a full defence to any charge that they have brought the game into disrepute to ensure their clients see out their current contracts in totality. “He is not interested in anything else,” the source said of Jackson.