Munster confirm that JJ Hanrahan will leave for Northampton Saints at the end of this season
So the rumours were true after all.
The talented 22-year old was heavily linked with a move to the Saints a few weeks ago and following on from news that out-half Ian Keatley has signed a new two-year deal with the province, Munster have also revealed that Hanrahan will be headed for the Aviva Premiership at the end of the season.
Reports last month suggested that Northampton were prepared to offer Hanrahan a contract worth in the region of €190,000 a year and with the versatile performer far from assured of a place in the Munster first team, he obviously feels the time is right for a new challenge.
Munster today made it clear that Hanrahan had been offered a new three-year deal at the province, but he has decided to reject it ahead of the move to the Saints, who he’ll join at the end of the current campaign.
Commenting on his departure, Hanrahan said: "I have thought long and hard about this decision, and as difficult as it is to leave I believe it is the right step to take for my future progression. Growing up, Munster was all I knew and I will certainly miss it. I am very fortunate to have represented this club and team but I need to do what is best for me and avail of the next opportunity.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and want to thank everyone for their support and best wishes all along. I will continue to represent the jersey to the best of my ability for the remainder of the season."
Given his obvious talent, there will no doubt be some Munster fans disappointed by Hanrahan's decision but we wish him all the best with the move.