Mallinder prepared for Ashton exit
Chris Ashton could be set to leave Northampton in the summer after director of rugby Jim Mallinder revealed the England winger is reluctant to discuss a new contract with the Aviva Premiership club.
The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to Premiership champions Saracens. Ashton, currently serving a four-week ban for pulling the hair of Leicester wing Alesana Tuilagi, has scored 90 tries for Saints since switching codes from Wigan Warriors in 2007.
Northampton are keen to hold on to the three-quarter but Mallinder told BBC Look East: "There's not an offer on the table, because his agent doesn't want to talk to us. We've not had discussions and I think his mind is elsewhere. If he wanted to stay, we'd talk to him."
He added: "If any player wants to go, for whatever reason, whether that's moving to London, or a massive financial offer, we're not going to stand in their way.
"We'll shake their hand and we'll get players who want to play for Northampton."
Northampton chairman Leon Barwell has previously stated that the club will not break the bank in order to keep hold of Ashton.