Geraghty's big decision
Exiles star mulling over future after activating opt-out clause
Last Updated: 22/02/09 1:36pm
Geraghty: Difficult decision
London Irish star Shane Geraghty admits he has a tough decision to make as he considers where his rugby future lies.
"As Wasps have found out, unfortunately, Euro talks at the moment. Some people in their careers feel money is the right option, and some people make career decisions in relation to rugby. Ultimately, it will be the player's decision. "
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England international fly-half Geraghty has a contract with the Exiles until next year, but has an escape clause which he activated in January and now he is in charge of his own future.
Guinness Premiership rivals Harlequins are heading the list of suitors for Geraghty if he decides to leave the Madejski Stadium.
London Irish could still come up with a new deal to keep him with the club, and Geraghty will speak to them again before deciding on his future.
It does seem unlikely though that Geraghty will join the exodus of England stars heading to France, as the player will be thinking about his international future.
"My decision will be the most suitable option for my England career," said Geraghty.
"It is a big decision, and not one I will be making lightly. I will speak to the club again, look at my options and come to a decision."
The Exiles are desperate to keep hold of Geraghty, and coach Toby Booth says they are trying to persuade him to remain with them.
Ultimately though it will be the player's decision, and Booth is hopeful, if not confident, of keeping hold of one of their star men.
"His contract, signed prior to my arrival, gives Shane an option to get out," said Booth.
"He is the person who has decided to activate that clause, so we will have to see what happens from there.
"He wants to keep his options open. I've spoken to Shane, and he is very happy at London Irish.
"I knew about his opt-out clause in December, he activated it in January, and from that point in December is where we have been trying to rectify it.
"As Wasps have found out, unfortunately, Euro talks at the moment. Some people in their careers feel money is the right option, and some people make career decisions in relation to rugby. Ultimately, it will be the player's decision.
"We are doing everything we can to come to the party on the monetary side so we keep quality players like Shane at the club. He is very important to us and what we do."