England flanker James Haskell reportedly has two Premiership clubs to choose between when he becomes a free agent in the summer.
“My priority is to stay in the Premiership,” Haskell told Sky Sports yesterday.
“I have just got to make sure the next step is to go to a club where I want to play good rugby, where I will enjoy myself and most importantly will keep getting better and put myself into the frame for England.
“If the club goes well then you will be in a position to play [for England] and that is my priority. If I manage to make it to 2019 then brilliant but if that door closes then you have got [to have] other options at your disposal.”
Although the England back-rower described himself as “disappointed and sad” at his release from Wasps, if the RugbyPod are to be believed Haskell will ultimately have to decide between two clubs, Bristol and Northampton.
According to The Rugby Pod, Northampton and not Bristol are favourites to win the race for the 75 times capped flanker.
“Northampton again is rearing its head,” Andy Goode told the podcast. “Bristols (sic) is an option, but I think he wants a higher level. I don’t mean that badly against Bristol but he wants to compete, in the top six. Hopefully with Chris Boyd coming next year and couple of signing they can make a difference.”