Clermont have ‘no de­sire’ to en­gage with Jack­son

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French Top14 club Clermont have dis­missed re­ports link­ing them with a move for Ir­ish out-half Paddy Jack­son, with head coach Franck Azéma de­scrib­ing the ru­mours as “false in­for­ma­tion”.

Jack­son is seek­ing a new club fol­low­ing con­fir­ma­tion that the IRFU and Ul­ster have re­voked his con­tract and that of his team­mate Stu­art Old­ing.

That fol­lowed a re­view of the play­ers’ con­duct with re­gard to the Belfast rape trial in which both play­ers were found not guilty of all charges brought against them.

Sev­eral me­dia re­ports had sug­gested Jack­son was close to a lu­cra­tive switch to the cur­rent Top14 cham­pi­ons, who have made a dis­mal de­fence of their ti­tle and were dumped out of the Cham­pi­ons Cup quar­ter-fi­nal by Rac­ing 92. How­ever, in a state­ment on Clermont’s web­site, Azéma in­sisted there had been no talks with the player. “There is no con­tact be­tween Paddy Jack­son and the club and no de­sire on our part to en­gage his ser­vices.” France in­ter­na­tional Camille Lopez and Ar­gen­tinian Pa­tri­cio Fer­nan­dez are Clermont’s main op­tions at 10, but Lopez has missed much of the cur­rent cam­paign with a bro­ken an­kle, while Fer­nan­dez has failed to con­vince so far in the play­mak­ing role. How­ever, Azéma added: “I trust our op­tions in this po­si­tion where we do not lack re­sources, with Camille Lopez, Pa­tri­cio Fer­nan­dez, Ice Toeava and Do­rian Lav­ernhe, who con­tin­ues to progress and whom we trust. “With the con­straints im­posed by the salary cap, it is not pos­si­ble to strengthen a po­si­tion where in­ter­nal so­lu­tions are nu­mer­ous. “End of the ru­mour.”

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