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Haskell attracts potential suitors
June 8, 2011
Haskell is attracting 'interest' from around the world © Getty Images
James Haskell has been fielding offers from around the world following his release from Stade Francais, according to his manager.
The England flanker has been in fine form this season, starring in England's victorious Six Nations campaign, but has been shown the door by Stade following some financial issues.
Jonathan Haskell, the players' father and manager, told BBC Sport that the 26-year-old has plenty of offers on the table.
"No decisions have been made as yet," he said.
"He's had expressions of interest from clubs from all over the world: Italy, Ireland, Australia, but it was only confirmed he was leaving yesterday, until then he was still a Stade Francais player.
"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."
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