Jenkins to stay at Toulon

Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:11
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Toulon manager Tom Whitford has ruled out the possibility that Wales prop Gethin Jenkins will return to the Cardiff Blues at the end of the season. 

Toulon manager Tom Whitford has ruled out the possibility that Wales prop Gethin Jenkins will return to the Cardiff Blues at the end of the season.   

French media have speculated that Jenkins is looking to return to Wales after struggling to command a regular starting berth at the big spending French club.

England powerhouse Andrew Sheridan has locked down the starting berth ahead of Jenkins, who is currently a year into his two-year deal with Bernard Laporte's side.

Whitford, however, said there was no reason to believe Jenkins will not see out his contract with the club.  

"We're very happy with Gethin… he's playing well and as far as I'm aware Gethin's happy as well,” Whitford told the BBC.

"He played against Sale at the weekend and had a good game as well so as far as we're aware… there's no reason why he'd want to leave us at the end of the season. He's under contract for next season so all being good he'll be here next year with us as well.

"He'd obviously like to play a bit more, but I think it takes a bit of time to adapt to playing in France sometimes. It's not just him. Two years ago Carl Hayman, when he first arrived, took a few months to adapt to playing in a French club in the French championship, hence why Gethin is taking a bit of time as well, perhaps.

"And with a bit of luck he'll keep going and keep playing well and his chance will come to play even more games, as Carl Hayman has done."

Hayman this week signed a two-year extension to stay with the club until 2015.

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