Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Haskell in demand

James Haskell

England flanker James Haskell has been in high demand since his departure from Stade Francais was announced on Tuesday, according to his manager.

Haskell discovered that his time in Paris had come to an end after the French club revealed financial difficulties had forced them to trim some of the biggest names from their squad.

The 26-year-old's father and manager Jonathan insists that there are already plenty of offers on the table, telling BBC Sport: "No decisions have been made as yet. He's had expressions of interest from clubs from all over the world - Italy, Ireland, Australia - but it was only confirmed he was leaving (on Tuesday), until then he was still a Stade Francais player."

He added: "We couldn't really say it came as a shock but it was not an ongoing process James was aware of.

"Each week they were saying 'we want you to stay' and offering him a contract, so it was all rather confusing, all done in a very Gallic fashion.

"All the players and everyone involved with the club said what a wonderfully committed player he was and that they're all very sad to see him go.

"But there was the financial impact and they've had to release a lot of players."

Haskell left Wasps for Stade in 2009 and was well regarded at the Top 14 club, going on to play some of his finest rugby in this year's RBS 6 Nations.

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