Danny Cipriani: What's a Boy To Do?

Sean KellyAnalyst IJanuary 5, 2009

England star Danny Cipriani is still yet to sign a contract with club London Wasps, leaving a question mark over his future.

The highly talented Fly Half is stalling over contract talks, with Saracens seeming the most interested in stealing the 21-year-old's signature.

Harlequins have also been linked with Cipriani, but his asking figure of £350,000 a year, is scaring away many English clubs, leaving France a huge possibility.

Eddie Jones Saracens director of rugby said: "I'll certainly talk to Cipriani's agent.

"He's a brilliant player who kicks goals and make things happen. That's real value for money.

"But if the salary cap is coming down, the money being quoted would be 10 per cent of my budget—that's a hell of a lot on one player.

"If he wants to become a really good player, he'll stay in England. But if money rules, he'll end up playing in France."

After his somewhat mediocre performances for England in the Autumn internationals his "celebrity" lifestyle has been questioned. Now, his determination to get his wished for £350,000 a year fee, it seems that he values money more than rugby.

However, what is a boy of his age to do when a big offer from France comes?

Due to his current relationship with Kelly Brook, I'm not sure whether he will move to France too quickly without consulting her, yet the warmer weather and big money may deem too good to pass up.

I would like to see him move to harlequins and make a permanent partnership with England's best scrum half Danny Care, but once again his determination to get this contract he wants will probably scare off Quins.

If I were Danny, I would wait 'til I made the England fly half shirt my own before I were to go off galavanting around Europe, as he may quickly be forgotten in France and turn out to be the one that never was...