Greig Laidlaw decides against summer move to Perpignan

Former Scotland captain is out of contract with Clermont Auvergne in the summer

Greig Laidlaw is out of contract at ASM Clermont Auvergne in the summer. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE future of former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw remains uncertain after his proposed move to Perpignan fell through. 

The 34-year-old is out of contract at Clermont Auvergne in the summer and was said to be in advanced negotiations with the Catalan outfit whose bosses were attracted by his ability to play both scrum-half and stand-off.

However, local media have stated that Laidlaw has decided not to proceed with the transfer. It is unclear at this stage whether he has other offers to consider.


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Perpignan regained top spot in PROD2 with a thumping 57-12 win over Rouen last Friday in front of a bumper crowd of more than 10,000 that included the politician Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president.

The club has started to build for next season on the assumption that promotion is secured, and is seeking a scrum-half, stand-off, centre and tight-head.

Laidlaw’s Clermont colleague Isaia Tova has also rejected offers from Perpignan, having apparently been offered more lucrative deals by both Pau and Toulouse.

Laidlaw retired from international rugby in December but has stated that he is keen to carry on playing at club level, with moving into coaching a medium term goal.


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  1. Get Wee Greeg back to Scotland and then into the mike Blair role at Glasgow. That would be a great signing for us and our half backs

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