Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Warburton relaxed about club future

Sam Warburton will not rush a decision on his club future

Sam Warburton is not panicking about his Cardiff Blues deal entering its final season, saying he still has a year to decide his future.

The Wales international is back with his club after successfully leading the British and Irish Lions to Australia, and the matter of his contract has started to become a talking point.

The 24-year-old is far from flustered, though, saying only now is he ready to contemplate what lies ahead.

"I've still got 12 months, still a relatively long time, so I've got a whole season to make that decision," the 24-year-old told BBC Sport.

"Because we've been away on the Lions tour, the full focus was with the Lions.

"Since I've come back I've pretty much laid low and spent some time with family.

"We're going back into the Blues next week and then you can focus on the new season and your future.

"I guess that's when negotiations may start, sometime in the new season."

Warburton's situation is a mirror image of Leigh Halfpenny's, with the Lions' star man also entering his final year at Cardiff.

With other Wales players such as Jamie Roberts having headed to France, there are concerns Warburton could do the same, but he has hinted that home is where the heart is.

"There's a lot of players in the same situation in the current Welsh squad and hopefully we can get the situation resolved and keep as many as we can in Wales," he added.

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