Gabriel Ibitoye has been released from his Agen contract, club president Jean-Francois Fonteneau said Thursday,.
The 22-year-old is expected to sign for Top 14 rivals Montpellier as a medical replacement for injured Springbok fly-half Handre Pollard.
Ibitoye failed to shine at Agen despite arriving with an impressive reputation built at Harlequins and scoring a brace of tries in his opening game.
“He [Gabriel Ibitoye] hasn’t been involved since the start of the season. He doesn’t invest a lot. He has a Pro D2 clause which allows him to leave in the event of a downhill at the end of the season.
“He is, therefore, more in the management of his career rather than involvement with the club,” said Agen president Jean-Francois Fonteneau to Sud-Quest.
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“Even if the player has potential, in our context and given his lack of involvement since the start of the season, I said stop,” Fonteneau said.
“Having refused a first offer for him to finish the season elsewhere (at Bayonne0, I have accepted this time that Gabriel Ibitoye join Montpellier.”