Wasps have confirmed that Elliot Daly will leave the club at the end of the season.
Daly has made 188 appearances for Wasps scoring 404 points for the club and he triggered a release clause in his contract according to Director of Rugby Dai Young.
“Elliot triggered a release clause in his contract and despite our best efforts to keep him at the club, unfortunately, he has decided to move onto pastures new for the 2019/20 season,” Young said in a statement on the club’s website.
“We are really disappointed to lose Elliot, we brought him through the ranks from his teenage years and have seen him flourish into an established England international and also a British & Irish Lion.
“He has really developed his all-round game in the black and gold, having been a tremendous performer for us over the years and I am sure he will continue to give his all for the Club till the end of the season.”
Daly admits it has been one of the most difficult decisions of his life and also addressed rumours that his decision has something to do with the training facilities at the club.
“This has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life,” Daly said.
“Despite some of the rumours flying around, the training ground has nothing to do with why I’ve come to my decision to leave. I simply feel it is the right time for me to seek a new challenge next season after the World Cup.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Wasps, from my old Junior Academy coaches right up to Dai and Chairman Derek Richardson, for giving me the opportunities and helping me reach the top of the game over the last 12 years.
“Wasps will always have a special place in my heart and I will certainly be giving everything to the jersey to try and finish the season strongly.”
Wasps are already having to contend with the fact that both Nathan Hughes and Willie Le Roux will also depart at the end of the season.