DISAPPOINTING news has come through for Munster Rugby fans in the county, with the announcement that Currow native JJ Hanrahan will leave the province at the end of the current season to join Aviva Premiership side Northampton Saints.
Despite being offered a three year deal with Munster, the Kerry man confirmed his departure to team management yesterday.
“I have thought long and hard about this decision and as difficult as it is to leave I believe it is the right step to take for my future progression,” said JJ Hanrahan.
“Growing up, Munster was all I knew and I will certainly miss it. I am very fortunate to have represented this club and team but I need to do what is best for me and avail of the next opportunity” said Hanrahan.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and want to thank everyone for their support and best wishes all along. I will continue to represent the jersey to the best of my ability for the remainder of the season,” he said.
The Currow man has made 51 appearances for the province, scoring 229 points, and at 22 years of age has been a rising star since first making his league debut September 2012.
He made his European debut against Edinburgh in October 2012 in Thomond Park and five days later scored two tries when making his first league start against Zebre in a man of the match performance.
Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said; “We are extremely disappointed to announce that we will lose the services of a home-grown talent such as JJ. We understand his reasons for leaving at the end of the season and appreciate the opportunity available to him”.