Sackey close to new deal
May 25, 2011
Paul Sackey was released by Toulon © Getty Images
Paul Sackey is on the brink of agreeing terms with a new club following his early release by Toulon.
The 31-year-old, who starts for the Barbarians against England at Twickenham on Sunday, scored six tries in 20 appearances for the Top 14 outfit before being shown the door.
Toulon decided to cut short the former England winger's contract by a year, with president Mourad Boudjellal declaring that he had not matched expectations.
"The deal is near enough done, but I don't want to jump the gun," Sackey said. "I can't disclose whether it will be back in England, but it should be done in the next couple of days."
Sackey is adamant he enjoyed his time at Toulon, but is sceptical over his chances of adding to his 22 England caps.
"I scored a couple of tries for the Barbarians last year, but it didn't make a difference to England. I'm not counting on anything," he said. "I just want to enjoy my rugby. I love England, I always want them to do well, but not this weekend because I'm playing against them.
"I want to enjoy my last couple of years back playing and get that enjoyment back without having any worries or stresses. It wasn't tough in Toulon, I had a few family issues earlier on but then I loved it and I have some really good friends there. I have no regrets and I really enjoyed the last few months. It was a good decision for me."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"At the crux of this England team is a lack of fear, they are not afraid to throw playbooks out of the window." Tom Hamilton reports from Twickenham
"These little deft touches, the nuances O'Driscoll has perfected are what Ireland will miss most." Tom Hamilton on Brian O'Driscoll's final Test in Dublin
After Brian O'Driscoll's emotional final Ireland appearance on home soil, and seeing the Six Nations boil down to a three-horse race, we bring you the best images of the weekend
Last year's thrashing at the hands of Wales was not the first time England have fallen to their rivals. Scrum Sevens looks at whether they have bounced back the following year