Northampton Saints has announced that Louis Picamoles will be leaving the club to rejoin Montpellier, his first professional club, as the French Federation now wants its internationals to be playing in the Top 14.
The 31-year-old has received a proposal from Montpellier which will underpin the future financial stability for his family.
“The club has therefore reluctantly agreed to the transfer and accepted a significant transfer fee for his services,” read the statement.
“This fee will be reinvested into the playing squad to ensure Northampton Saints continues to strive for success on the pitch. To achieve this, the Saints is looking to further strengthen the squad with new signings in addition to the
“To achieve this, the Saints is looking to further strengthen the squad with new signings in addition to the world class talent already confirmed for 2017/18.
“The Saints’ management would like to thank Louis for his contribution to this season and wish him all the best for the future.”
On leaving the club, Picamoles said: “I am proud to have played for Northampton Saints and I have enjoyed my time with the club,
“I am grateful for all the support and friendship I have received from the club, the coaches, my team mates and supporters.”