Aviva Premiership - Irish play down Henson deal talk

Mon, 20 Sep 11:38:00 2010

London Irish boss Toby Booth claims there is "less than a one per cent chance" of the club signing unsettled Wales star Gavin Henson.

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Henson remains on unpaid leave from the Ospreys and has not played for 18 months after he entered a self-imposed rugby exile following his latest injury setback.

His existing Ospreys contract expires at the end of this season and he has expressed a desire to switch to a London club.

There has been little public interest in a deal for the centre, who is currently appearing on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Wasps, Saracens and Harlequins have distanced themselves from a move for him and there appears little prospect of Henson ending up at Irish either, whether on-loan or permanently.

"I've had no contact on that front - the situation is pretty clear from our point of view," said Booth, following Sunday's 23-16 Premiership victory over Gloucester.

"It is not us doing Gavin Henson a favour, if he feels he wants to contribute (to the club) we will have a conversation.

"But we haven't spoken to him, and I don't expect to speak to him. We haven't considered it.

"It would be my decision, but we haven't held a conversation about it. There is less than a one percent chance."

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