Northampton Saints have confirmed that scrum-half Nic Groom will be leaving the Club with immediate effect to return to his native South Africa.
The 28-year-old No.9 arrived at Franklin’s Gardens in 2016 and quickly established himself in Saints’ starting line-up, making 51 appearances in the Black, Green and Gold jersey in total and scoring seven tries.
💬 “Saints, the supporters and the local community will always have a special place in my heart. Playing at Franklin’s Gardens has been an honour, and I will cherish every moment of my time here.
“I have no doubt the Club will be flying in no time – come on you Saints!” pic.twitter.com/39hGyzHEeh
— Northampton Saints (@SaintsRugby) April 3, 2018
Groom will link up with the Lions in South Africa and is immediately available for selection in Super Rugby, with the Johannesburg-based franchise currently struggling with injuries.
“I have loved the opportunity to come over to the UK and play for such a great Club in Northampton Saints,” said Groom.
“But the time has come for me to return to South Africa. An opportunity has come up to return home, and I am grateful to the Club for allowing me to head back early to try and make my mark.
“The Northampton Saints, the supporters and the local community will always have a special place in my heart. Playing at Franklin’s Gardens in front of these fans has been an honour, and I will cherish every moment of my time here.
“I want to thank my teammates, coaches and the friends that I have made since moving, and I wish them all the best for the future. I leave Northampton a better man with a heavy heart, but I have no doubt the Club will be flying in no time – come on you Saints!”
Saints interim head coach Alan Dickens added: “Groomy has had a big impact in his two years at Franklin’s Gardens. He has had a very positive influence, both on and off the pitch, and I am sure he will be missed by many Saints supporters.
“But he leaves with our very best wishes and I hope he can achieve everything he wants to back home in South Africa.”