Malcolm O’Kelly: Ian Madigan has to find a club where he will play first team rugby

Ian Madigan in action for Ireland at the 2015 World Cup. Image credit: Warwick Gastinger (flickr)

Ex-Ireland and Leinster second row Malcolm O’Kelly reckons Ian Madigan’s decision on his future must be ruled by his head rather than his heart.

Madigan, 26, has admitted he may leave Leinster as he awaits a contract offer from the province and the IRFU.

Despite Johnny Sexton delivering a poor performance against Toulon last weekend, which saw him slaughtered in the French press, Madigan only got four minutes of game time which suggests a move is on the cards.

Speaking to the, O’Kelly said: “Madigan’s got to find a club that want to let him play first team.

“For me, I was very fortunate and I was always first choice. Any club I went to, I was first choice.

“I can’t play second fiddle. I’ve done it with Ireland and I’ve been miserable, and I’ve thrown my toys out. And I’m not good like that. The Lions was the same thing – I’m not good like that.

“If Ian Madigan is prepared to play second fiddle, he could stay in Leinster. And maybe he’s prepared to back himself and say I’m going to be better than Johnny Sexton.

“Of course we want him to stay in Leinster but he needs to go somewhere where he is going to get first team play and that’s my opinion.

“If someone is willing to pay him an absolute fortune to do that, then loyalties shouldn’t stand in his way.”

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