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Connacht captain John Muldoon believes that Robbie Henshaw will return to the province at some time in the future.
The Ireland centre will move to rivals Leinster next season after helping Connacht to a remarkable PRO12 title success which culminated in a 20-10 final victory over his new club at Murrayfield last weekend.
However, Muldoon has revealed that Henshaw actually delayed making a decision on his future a number of times last season before putting pen to paper on a deal with Leinster and says he firmly believes that the 22-year-old centre will return to Connacht one day.
"A lot of people think it was an easy decision for Robbie to leave but it was a very hard decision for him and on him," Muldoon said.
"Ultimately, the fact that Robbie grew up watching Leinster having so much success, he probably wanted to be part of that and it was probably difficult this time last year for Robbie to see that we could come this far and get a trophy.
"The success and the hunger that's inside him wanted him to leave and go to Leinster and that it was a good option for him to go and try and win some trophies.
"I know from speaking to him that it was a very difficult decision throughout the year. I think he said three times that 'I'm going to make my decision at the end of the World Cup', 'I'm going to make my decision by November', and ultimately he didn't make the decision until near the end of January.
"That's how hard it was on him to leave."
"Robbie was quite emotional the other day when we won, he was quite upset, and he was delighted to hear the other lads telling him they would love to have him back and that this is his home.
"I've no doubt in a few years' time Robbie Henshaw will be back in the green of Connacht."
By: Kieran O'Daly