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Jonathan Sexton agrees Leinster deal

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Sexton is an established fly-half for both Ireland and Leinster (©GettyImages)
Sexton is an established fly-half for both Ireland and Leinster (©GettyImages).

Jonathan Sexton has spent one year at Racing Metro having moved from Leinster in 2013, but now the Irish fly-half is set to return to Dublin having signed a new four-year-deal, according to reports.

Sexton spent one season with Racing Metro having been offered an emphatic wage along with Top 14 rugby, as the 29-year-old shocked Irish fans by making the move to France after spending his entire career in Dublin.

But it seemed as though the Irishman couldn't settle in France after making 25 appearances, as now the fly-half has made a return to the Pro12 and will reclaim his place as Leinster's number one fly-half after signing a new deal.

Homesick

In a recent interview, the 29-year-old stated how he was finding it hard to even train with Racing Metro as his new born child made the fly-half weigh-up his options on where his future lies.

"I'm just sort of taking my time," Sexton said.

"Obviously I just have a baby boy that's taking up a lot of time, that's taking up all of my time to be honest, I can barely fit in training at the moment. That brings challenges with living abroad, you do what Laura and I are doing living by ourselves.

"We'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks. I think it will obviously be sorted out sooner rather later. I think everyone knows where I stood after, with the interviews that I gave when I left so I will see what happens."

It is shame things couldn't work out for Sexton and Racing Metro, mainly because the French club put a lot of money into bringing the Irishman to France, and considering things didn't go to plan in the first season they were capable of building as a club.

Also, with the inclusion of Ronan O'Gara as a coach this could have helped Sexton develop in the Top14, mainly because they understand each other's game to a degree having both played for Ireland.

Leinster

Sexton previously spent seven years with Leinster, before taking a year out in France, having represented the Irish club 110 times and scoring over 1,000 points whilst playing as their main fly-half.

He also helped the Irish club win the European Champions Cup three times and the Pro12 title twice, so in a way Sexton achieved everything he could at Leinster.

Maybe it is a time now for the Irishman to settle down with the club where his career began, as the fly-half realised within a year whether he suited the Top14 and came to the decision that his family were more important than his career.

Now Sexton has the chance of pushing on with his home club whilst not feeling homesick anymore, as the 29-year-old can focus on helping Leinster defend their Pro12 title and challenge once more for a European Champions Cup.

On top of this Sexton has a key role to play on the international level considering the Six Nations and the 2015 World Cup are quickly approaching and the Irishman will need to find his feet quickly.

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Ireland Rugby
Jonny Sexton
Rugby Union
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