Wales star George North is widely respected as one of the best wingers in Europe. The 25-year-old has been with Premiership outfit Northampton Saints since leaving the Scarlets in 2013.
However, the club have today announced that North will be leaving Franklin’s Gardens at the end of the season.
The Welsh international explained his move, feeling it is the right time to be returning to Wales, with a destination yet to be announced.
“This has been an incredibly hard decision.
“Saints have developed me as a player and stuck by me through thick and thin, so it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to move on. I love playing for Northampton Saints and am excited by the potential of the squad that is being assembled but, as a proud Welshman, I felt that now is the right time to move back home despite the compelling offer Saints made me.
“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of this great club for the last four years. I have loved every minute of my time here and I am excited to see what we can achieve this season. I will be putting everything I have into helping the squad fulfil our potential this year in the highly competitive Aviva Premiership, and I will sorely miss Franklin’s Gardens in the future.”
Jim Mallinder commented on what is undoubtedly a blow for the Saints.
“While we are disappointed to lose a player of George’s quality we respect and understand his decision to move back to Wales to be closer to home. He will leave with our full support and best wishes for the future.
“I have no doubt that for the rest of the season George will put all his energy into firstly rehabilitating from his current knee injury as quickly as possible and then ensuring Saints have a strong second half of the season.”
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