Saints sign Munster out-half Hanrahan

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club and the reigning champions the Northampton Saints have announced that JJ Hanrahan will leave Munster to link up with the English giants over the summer.

Speculation had been rife for the last one month regarding the future of out-half Hanrahan who was unhappy with his place at Munster after not being able to nail down a place in the starting line-up under new coach Anthony Foley and it emerged that he was considering his position in the club.

He was given a decent run of games at centre recently which raised some hope among Munster that the player might stick around but in spite of being offered a new and improved three year contract on his current deal, Hanrahan has made it clear to his present club that he wishes to leave at the end of the season.

The player said that the time he spent at Munster was great and he was privileged to have represented such a great club but he also said that he was really excited about the prospect of moving abroad and playing for one of the biggest clubs in England.

He said that he has nothing but positive experiences at Munster, adding that it is home club and running out in the red jersey onto the field has been the single most exciting thing in his career and it will remain a privilege.

Hanrahan also said that despite announcing his departure, he remains fully committed to its cause for the remainder of the pro 12 and European campaign and will give his best so that he can leave the club with another trophy.

The Northampton Saints currently sit top of Pool 5 in the European Champions Cup and with the addition of Hanrahan, will grow stronger next season.