Exeter Chiefs forward coach Rob Hunter has spoken out on reports linking centre Stuart Olding with a move to the club, claiming the player is ‘not on our radar at all’, the Irish Mirror report.
On Saturday, Olding and former teammate Paddy Jackson had their Ulster and Irish Rugby Football Union contracts cancelled, following an internal investigation by the companies over their off the field conduct in recent months.
Both players were found not guilty at a trial in Belfast last month of raping the same woman.
Talking after Chiefs’ impressive 45-5 away win at London Irish on Sunday, forwards coach Hunter revealed the club have had no contact with Olding, despite numerous reports that suggested the club are set to make a move at the end of the current campaign.
I can tell you what I know, which is absolutely nothing. It’s not something that we’ve discussed in the office. So it’s another one of those where we’ve been linked to somebody but we’ve not spoken to an agent and we’ve not spoken to a player.
London Irish coach and former Ireland coach Declan Kidney also refused to answer on whether or not the club would be interested in signing either player after the game.