Published: 13:07 | 29/3/21

Clermont confirm Hanrahan signing


French Top 14 outfit Clermont Auvergne have confirmed the signing of JJ Hanrahan from Munster.

The utility back, who mainly plays at out-half, will move at the end of the current campaign. He has signed an initial one-year deal with the French side with the option of a further 12 months.

It is the second time that Hanrahan, who has been in superb form this season, has left Thomond Park after completing a two year spell with Northampton Saints from 2015-17.

The return from long term injury of Joey Carbery combined wit the emergence of Ben Healy are likely to see the 28-year-old's game time significantly limited next season and he has opted to try his luck in the Top 14 with one of Europe's most prestigious sides.

“It was difficult to hear the news regarding my future with Munster Rugby, however, it has been a dream come true and a privilege to represent my home province and wear the jersey for eight years,” Hanrahan said in a statement.

“I have lifelong friends from this club, and I am very proud to represent the people of Munster and in particular the people of Kerry.

“Equally, I believe I am going to a club with very similar traditions and values in Clermont and it’s an opportunity I am extremely excited for. Currently, my main focus is to give everything I have to the Munster jersey during my time left here in Ireland.

I’m very happy and looking forward to joining such a prestigious club as ASM Clermont Auvergne.

“I will be proud to wear the Clermont jersey and to have the opportunity to have a new experience living in France with the ambition of contributing everything I can to help the club and the team to win new titles.

“I can’t wait to play at the Stade Marcel-Michelin in front of incredible fans who are famous far beyond the borders of the Auvergne.”

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