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Warburton set to sign central contract
ESPN Staff
January 19, 2014
Sam Warburton's services have been in high demand © Getty Images

Wales captain Sam Warburton is set to sign a central contract with the Welsh Rugby Union, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.

The deal will have huge ramifications in the current war between the regions and the WRU over a new Participation Agreement. The WRU reportedly tabled offers to six players whose contracts are up at the end of the season in a bid to keep them playing in the country.

Alongside Scott Williams, Alun-Wyn Jones, Adam Jones, Rhys Priestland and Leigh Halfpenny, Warburton has been linked with a move abroad but he has frequently stated his preference to stay in Wales. And it appears the WRU has got its man.

The deal is reportedly worth £300,000 a year and the organisation will control the player, but loan him to a region, most likely the Blues. The WRU will then have a say in which matches the Welsh captain will play.

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