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Stephen Larkham’s agent has insisted that he be party to talks with Edinburgh over their future, so that he can secure the future for his client.

Larkham was due to join Edinburgh after the Rugby World Cup in November, but the resignation of Edinburgh from the SRU has put the franchise’s immediate competitive future in doubt.

Jason Macarthur, speaking to the Evening News made it clear he knew of the Edinburgh situation, but that he had had no contact from Edinburgh as yet.

“I have not heard from the club or the SRU and no one has sought to contact us,” said Macarthur.

“I expect to be in discussions within the next 24 to 48 hours.

“Until then I don’t know how this impacts on Stephen’s deal.

“Until we hear from somebody in Scotland it is inappropriate to comment further other than to say Stephen is in the best form of his life rugby wise.”

Edinburgh owner Bob Carruthers said over the weekend that elite players are free to explore other options, but was more guarded over Larkham on Monday.

“Stephen has contracted. That is clear,” he said.

“There is a future for everyone if we get sense (in dealings with the SRU).

“What we are saying is that if someone is not committed then perhaps they should look around but Edinburgh Rugby has got to survive and work within its means.”

“I am waiting to hear from Gordon McKie so that hopefully he and I and our lawyers can get together,” said Carruthers.

But relations between the two are at an all-time low, with Carruthers also saying to The Scotsman that McKie had been consistently mis-informing Edinburgh players.

“The problem we have got is Gordon McKie making direct approaches to our players informing them, for example, they would be entitled to a year’s salary. That is wrong,” said Carruthers.

“So too is it wrong for him to say players will no longer be registered if Edinburgh go out of business.

“All that will happen is that players will leave us to go off to clubs in, say, France. If that happens, though, there will be less co-operation than exists at present between Edinburgh and the SRU in terms of player release.”

Aside from that, there has also been the matter of Edinburgh’s refusal to allow the international players to go and train with the national side, a refusal which SRU secretary Graham Ireland has termed ‘reprehensible’.


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