Toby Booth to stay at London Irish
April 26, 2012
Toby Booth claims he will see out his contract at London Irish © Getty Images
London Irish coach Toby Booth is adamant that he will still be at the club next year despite rumours linking him with an exit from the Exiles.
With the Sale Sharks, Gloucester and Bath all on the lookout for a new head coach, Booth's name has been linked with the vacancies. But even with Brian Smith back in charge at London Irish, Booth has revealed that he has no plans to move to pastures new telling the Evening Standard: "I don't know where that speculation came from because I have two years of my contract to run and there was nothing factual in those rumours."
The Exiles are experiencing a huge overhaul in their playing staff with the likes of Nick Kennedy, Delon Armitage and Dan Bowden all leaving while Tomas O'Leary and Scott Lawson will arrive at the club over the summer. Another player who has just confirmed that he will return to the Exiles is Shane Geraghty and Booth has earmarked his signing as the sort of player they are keen on recruiting.
"We will rebuild with English-qualified players off the back of our academy with a touch of Irish flavour but we also want to sign some world-class players," Booth said. "We needed a bit of traction because the wheels have been spinning. We've got a bit of traction now and we want to finish strongly.
"There are a few things we are needing to do behind the scene to freshen things up to make sure we are putting some money into the playing squad so that we have a very strong side for next season.
"Shane's contribution during his first spell with London Irish was massive and he will contribute the same when he joins us. We're looking forward to welcoming him back into the fold."
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