Shaun Malton will leave Bristol bears following the end of his contract, the club has confirmed.
The hooker departs the West Country having made twenty competitive appearances since his arrival in 2018.
Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “Shaun is a great character and despite missing a few games through injury, he has made a big contribution to our culture and environment over the past two seasons.
“Shaun has given his all for the team as a Foundation Bear and has been a positive influence off the field too.
“We wish Shaun and his young family the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his efforts in a Bears jersey.”
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Malton added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in Bristol – it’s a great city and a fantastic group of players and coaches.
“I’d like to wish everybody at the club well for the next step and I’m pleased to have contributed to the Bears’ journey. Now, I look forward to a new opportunity next season in London.”
LIST | 4 signings that can transform Bristol Bears into Champions
Bristol Bears have swiftly gone from Gallagher Premiership new boys to genuine title contenders in double quick time – but who available would transform them into future champions?
Having already signed up Fijian superstar Semi Radradra, England tighthead Kyle Sinckler, Mitch Eadie and Saracens duo Ben Earl and Max Malins, the Bears are looking in good shape for the 2020/21 season.
Here we look at four available players who’d give them the extra bit of quality to guarantee pat Lam’s side end the season as champions.
1. Logovi’i Mulipola
He is expected to leave Newcastle Falcons at the end of the season. The Samoan prop, who can play on both sides of the scrum, is now weighing up his options as he looks for a move elsewhere according to The Rugby Paper. His versatility, experience and scrummaging pedigree would make him a fantastic addition.