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George North to leave Northampton and return to Wales

Wales wing George North will leave Northampton Saints at the end of the season after agreeing a national dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union.

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In a statement, George North said it had been a hard decision to make.

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.

I would like to thank the squad, coaches, medical team, support staff and especially all of the supporters who have made my time at Northampton Saints so memorable.

– George North

I know how difficult a decision this has been for George, but in the end the emotional pull of settling back in Wales outweighed his desire to remain in Northampton and we respect that

I remember him joining the club almost five years ago as someone with an enormous talent and potential to be a really top class international. Since then he has developed into a world-class player and a very popular member of the club. He’ll be greatly missed both on and off the field.

We have Dan Biggar joining us next season, and have plans to further strengthen our backline, and the squad more broadly, over the coming months.

– Jim Mallinder, Director of Rugby at Northampton Saints

It is not known at this stage which of the four Welsh regions he will join.