Dan Biggar confirms Northampton Saints exit for Toulan

Dan Biggar confirms Northampton Saints exit for Toulan - Bob Bradford/Getty Images

Dan Biggar confirms Northampton Saints exit for Toulan – Bob Bradford/Getty Images

Dan Biggar has played his last match for Northampton Saints and will join Toulon with immediate effect.

The Wales fly-half, who turned 33 last month, has confirmed he will be leaving the East Midlands “with a heavy heart”, saying he made the decision “with a long-term view to my family” after “the opportunity presented itself”. very quickly”.

Just last week it was revealed that Biggar, who was injured in the Saints’ 40-36 win over Wasps and subsequently ruled out of the autumn internationals, had entered into talks with Toulon over of a move.

Northampton had acquired an additional fly-half in Fin Smith, the highly rated 20-year-old who joined after Worcester Warriors departed.

“As I said when I was initially announced to leave, it has been a privilege to play for Northampton Saints and I have loved every minute of my time at the club,” Biggar said.

“I know they are a team that can fight for top honors this season, so it was a very difficult decision for me to make. I move forward with a heavy heart and thank the Club for their understanding throughout. of the process.

“I never considered leaving the Saints midway through the season, but the opportunity came very quickly and I made my decision with a long-term view for my family,”

“Saints is a club full of great people from top to bottom, and I wish I could have played more black, green and gold over the past four seasons. I will really miss playing at Franklin’s Gardens and I will definitely be back. to support the guys when I can.

As Toulon announced Biggar had joined until the end of the season, Northampton chief executive Mark Darbon explained that a ‘multi-year offer to Dan from Toulon’ was ‘subject to him moving immediately’ .

Biggar represented the Saints 69 times, scoring 614 points. Over the rest of the season, it looks like Smith will be competing with James Grayson for the front-row flyhalf spot at Franklin’s Gardens.

Although Biggar was one of the players excluded from Northampton, meaning his salary did not factor into the salary cap, it is believed there is scope for short-term signings if necessary.

“Given the circumstances – with Dan’s contract ending at the end of the season, his availability for the remainder of the current campaign, the multi-year offer to Dan from Toulon which was dependent on his immediate move, and the quality of the update and upcoming half-flyers already at the club – we wanted to be pragmatic when Dan approached us,” said Darbon.

“Dan is not only a world class player, he is also one of the nicest guys you can meet. He is someone who has always done everything to help the Club, on and off. of the field. So, he will be missed, but he leaves with our best wishes.

“Dan has been an outstanding servant to Northampton Saints,” added Phil Dowson, the club’s director of rugby. “He is a player of proven international quality, but he has also been a leader within our group and he will be missed by the team, staff and supporters here.

“Although we are losing him sooner than expected, we respect the fact that he was offered a unique long-term opportunity in France and that he made a decision with his family’s future in mind, we so we didn’t want to put ourselves in his way.”

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