Mallinder admits Manoa could leave

Date published: November 11 2014

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Northampton coach Jim Mallinder admits Samu Manoa is in talks over a move to France amid speculation over a number of Saints players.

Northampton coach Jim Mallinder admits Samu Manoa is in talks over a move to France amid speculation over a number of Saints players.

Manoa has been linked to a move to Toulon, while his Saints teammates Dylan Hartley and George Pisi are rumoured to be heading to Montpellier and Castres respectively.

However, while Mallinder admits that his American forward will likely leave the Saints at the end of the season, he is optimistic the other two will stay.

“He’s going to be sought after, is Samu,” Mallinder told the Northampton Chronicle.

“I do know the speculation is right, there’s massive interest from France. There’s a number of clubs who are really, really after him. I spoke to him and it’s more than likely he’s going to go to France.

“We’ve got our salary cap, we’d love to keep him, but there comes a point where you’ve got to say ‘well done, thank-you for what you’ve done here and let’s make sure we have a good season’.

“He’s got to make his own mind up, he’s doing that. There are a number of French clubs who will be willing to pay a lot of money for him.

“It’s all speculation, I wouldn’t just say it’s Dylan, it’s George. We’ve got some quality players and worldwide people want quality players, which puts a price on their head, but we’re very comfortable where we are, we don’t discuss how our personal negotiations are going.

“They are ongoing with our current squad and also with other players from other clubs. We’re always looking at our recruitment and we’ll continue to do that.”

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