No room for Greig Laidlaw at Clermont Auvergne after end of this season

Scrum-half, who retired from international rugby earlier this month, has said he is keen to continue playing at club level

It looks like Greig Laidlaw will be looking for a new club next season. Image: © Craig Watson -
It looks like Greig Laidlaw will be looking for a new club next season. Image: © Craig Watson -

GREIG LAIDLAW is set to leave Clermont Auvergne next summer after club captain Morgan Parra ended uncertainty over his own future by announcing that he will see out the remaining two years of his contract.

Laidlaw has made it clear that he wants to stay with the European Challenge Cup champions when his current deal runs out in June. However, Clermont have already signed Sébastien Bézy in anticipation of Parra’s possible departure.

Clermont president Éric de Cromières previously made it clear that retaining all three number nines would have salary cap implications and therefore one of them was likely to leave. He has now indicated that Laidlaw will be the one who moves on.

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The president explained that Parra had asked for permission to speak to other clubs. That request was granted on the understanding that he would confirm his plans before Christmas. The player has now done so, telling de Cromières that he wants to remain at Clermont unil 2022.

“Morgan came to see me to say that he will stay at the club in line with the terms of his current contract”, said de Cromières. “We will have a superb pair of scrum halves with Morgan Parra and Sébastien Bézy.”

Laidlaw, who announced his international retirement last week, had stated his desire to remain at Clermont beyond June. “That’s very unlikely” said de Cromières.

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