Blues issue plea to WRU for funding
October 2, 2013
Leigh Halfpenny is a man in demand © PA Photos
Both Halfpenny and Warburton are on the radar of clubs in the Top 14 with their contracts up at the end of the season. Halfpenny is reportedly in discussions with Toulon over a deal to join the Heineken Cup champions while Clermont Auvergne are also interested in the British & Irish Lions star.
Warburton is also attracting interest from Toulon while Racing Metro are keen to add the Welsh openside to their ranks after capturing Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate ahead of the current campaign.
But despite the greater riches on offer in France, the Blues are optimistic they can keep the duo. However, any deal will be reliant on additional funding from the WRU with the organisation setting aside a million pounds to help the regions retain their top players, a figure revealed in last week's annual report.
And Wales Online claims the region have "made a desperate plea to the WRU for their share of the £1m pledged to help retain star players". The website goes on to claim that both Halfpenny and Warburton are keen to stay in Wales but Warburton's agent Derwyn Jones admitted on Monday, that Warburton's contract talks are reliant on the future of the Heineken Cup.
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