No part for Pat Lam in Connacht's player re-signings

Connacht coach Pat Lam has revealed he is no longer involved in re-signing players at the Sportsground or in contract talks with potential new recruits.

That is now being handled by team manager Tim Allnutt and chief executive Willie Ruane following Lam’s shock announcement earlier this month that he is moving to take over Bristol next summer.

“That’s more now with Tim and Willie, which is important. I have got a couple of emails sent to me today and I forwarded it on and said, no, I don’t need to be a part of anything past this year.

“But certainly my discussions with the players at the moment is very much around the continued vision and future. Players will still come and ask me for advice about what they should do.”

Connacht are continuing to build for next season on the field, while the hunt goes on for a new coach, with Roscommon natives Denis Buckley and Jack Carty yesterday signing new two-year deals, while Irish lock Quinn Roux also penned a similar contract extension.

Those deals come on the back of Tom McCartney’s three-year deal, which was announced on Monday. In most of these cases, discussions would have been ongoing prior to Lam’s shock announcement.

“Negotiations are all ongoing, that’s the big thing,” added Lam. “When you look at Bundee [Aki], Ultan [Dillane], Tiernan [O’Halloran], Matt [Healy], and Tom, and I know there is going to be more coming. I have been involved in discussions with the players and stuff. They understand.

“Most importantly, every player makes their decision based on their careers. The biggest thing is they are all enjoying it. They are enjoying everything about Connacht Rugby, on and off the field, but the structures and systems are in place and there is a clear vision of where we are going. Certainly, every day we are getting better and better. As a whole organisation, it is great.”

More on this topic

Eoghan Masterson kicks on after injury ordealEoghan Masterson kicks on after injury ordeal

Ireland scrum-half Kieran Marmion signs new contract with ConnachtIreland scrum-half Kieran Marmion signs new contract with Connacht

Amid injury woe, O’Brien looks to sister for inspirationAmid injury woe, O’Brien looks to sister for inspiration

Friend: Connacht can’t afford an ‘arm wrestle’Friend: Connacht can’t afford an ‘arm wrestle’


Move over quinoa.Everything you need to know about fonio, the ancient grain we’ll all be eating in 2020

The former heptathlete and all-round super woman chats to Lauren Taylor about how to stay fit in pregnancy and body confidence after a baby.Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill: ‘There’s still a lot of stigma attached to exercising pregnant’

Behaving aggressively is a stage many toddlers go through. The author of The Wonder Weeks explains how parents should deal with kids who kick & bite.Ask an expert: How can I stop my toddler kicking and biting?

It came as quite a surprise to learn that I had been writing my Weekend column in the Irish Examiner for 21 years — how the years have flown by and how the food scene has changed in Ireland over those two decades.A letter from Darina Allen: How the years have flown and the food has changed

More From The Irish Examiner