Murray parts company with Northampton
December 10, 2010
Euan Murray's exit from Franklin's Gardens with immediate effect has come as a massive surprise © Getty Images
Northampton Saints have announced the shock departure of Scotland prop Euan Murray - with immediate effect.
The former British & Irish Lion is widely regarded as one of the finest tight-heads in world rugby and, in a press release issued by the club on Friday evening, no reason was given for his exit, with the statement merely revealing that Murray's contract had been terminated by "mutual consent".
Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder commented: "Euan is a big personality and has helped the club become competitive again at the top end of the Premiership and in Europe. He has played well for us and we have enjoyed having him here at Franklin's Gardens. We wish him all the best for the future."
Murray, who is a devout Christian, has made just five appearances for the Saints this year, primarily because of the form of Brian Mujati, but he also declined the opportunity to explain exactly why had suddenly decided to quit a club he joined after the 2007 World Cup and which is currently leading the Aviva Premiership and also on top of Heineken Cup Pool 1.
"I've enjoyed playing at Franklin's Gardens in front of its great supporters and I will take a lot of happy memories with me," the 30-year-old Scot said. "I wish everyone at Franklin's Gardens all the best for the future."
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