Webster confirms Edinburgh departure
March 13, 2012
Simon Webster has 37 caps to his name for Scotland © Getty Images
Former Scotland international winger Simon Webster has left Edinburgh by mutual consent.
The 31-year-old, whose contract was due to expire at the end of the season, has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons and seen limited playing time this term and the capital club have now announced his departure. Webster's Edinburgh career began under Frank Hadden in 2002 and, in 10 seasons, he made 127 appearances, scoring 34 tries, while in 37 Scotland appearances between 2003 and 2009 he scored eight tries.
Following two seasons of absence with an Achilles problem, Webster returned to full fitness in September but has been unable to dislodge prolific Tim Visser and Scotland international Lee Jones.
Webster said: "I'd like to thank everyone at Edinburgh Rugby for their support over the past 10 years. I've had a fantastic time playing for the club and representing Scotland on the world stage - experiences I will never forget.
"It's been a tough year for me having finally got myself fit but unable to secure first team action and I felt that the timing was right for me to leave the club and seek out new playing opportunities."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Proposals to remove promotion and relegation from the Aviva Premiership would be for the good of the game overall, argues John Taylor
Ireland have the world sitting up and taking notice - and rugby's structure in Europe will aid their Rugby World Cup bid, writes John Mitchell
Where does Italy's win over Scotland rank among their successes in the Six Nations? Scrum Sevens investigates
The tone was set early on in Dublin as a more clinical Ireland made England pay. All is not lost, however, argues Phil Vickery