Sexton weighs up Racing Metro future
August 20, 2014
Johnny Sexton has started the season well at Racing Metro © Getty Images
Racing Metro fly-half Jonathan Sexton is weighing up where to spend next season and says he is close to deciding whether to extend his stay in Paris or return to Ireland.
Sexton moved to the Top 14 ahead of the 2013-14 season on a two-year deal with the option of a third. With the 2015 World Cup looming ever closer on the horizon, Sexton could decide to end his Racing Metro career after this season and return to Ireland or spend one more year in the Top 14. He says he is close to deciding just where his future lies and hinted there could be an announcement in the next couple of weeks.
"I'm just sort of taking my time," Sexton told the Irish Times. "Obviously I just have a baby boy that's taking up a lot of time, that's taking up all of my time to be honest, I can barely fit in training at the moment. That brings challenges with living abroad, you do what Laura and I are doing living by ourselves.
"We'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks. I think it will obviously be sorted out sooner rather later. I think everyone knows where I stood after, with the interviews that I gave when I left so I will see what happens."
Sexton kicked a last gasp penalty to secure a victory for Metro in their opening game of the Top 14 season and he is hoping to push on after a difficult first campaign in France.
"Last year was always going to be difficult in hindsight. Obviously we didn't say that at the time but we had 14 new players, all staff was new, half those new players didn't speak any French so it was always going to take time," Sexton said. "You're walking on egg shells with guys you don't know, guys you're trying to build a relationship with. It was a bit of a disaster to be honest, the start of last season I played 14 games in a row straight after a Lions tour so it wasn't ideal for me either.
"Look, it's obviously started a little bit better now but we'll see. We've got to go forward, we got some big wins away from home and we haven't backed them up so that's obviously the next step for this team."
In related news, Racing Metro will be without Wales lock Luke Charteris for two months after he broke his foot in their win over Montpellier.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Huw Richards assesses where Wales are after a mixed Six Nations, with front row seats still very much available for the World Cup
John Mitchell lapped up the action on 'Sensational Saturday' - but warns not to expect a repeat come Rugby World Cup time later this year
Craig Dowd warns England, Ireland and Wales they should play to their strengths rather than those of the All Blacks and the Wallabies
Tom Hamilton runs the rule over just where the six countries stand ahead of the global gathering in September