Northampton Saints set to part ways with Ben Foden at end of season.
Northampton Saints have confirmed that former club captain Ben Foden will leave the club at the end of the current season.
The 32-year-old has spent a decade at Franklin’s Gardens after joining from Sale in 2008 after winning the Premiership with the Sharks. Foden is set to earn his 250th club appearance this weekend. During his time with Saints, Foden has lifted the Challenge Cup, Premiership and came within a whisker of winning the Heineken Cup in 2011.
“I’m honoured to have had the opportunity to represent Northampton Saints almost 250 times,” said Foden.
“I’ve enjoyed some incredible highs at this Club over the last ten years, winning trophies both in this country and across Europe. I want to thank all of the teammates and coaches that I have worked with in that time, as well as wishing everyone that is staying here all the best for the future.
“I’m also so grateful to the Club’s supporters, who have been behind me right from the beginning and made me feel loved every time I ran out at Franklin’s Gardens, and I leave with memories of them that I will cherish forever.
“I still feel fit and hungry for competitive rugby, and while now is the time to move on, I am really excited for what the next chapter holds in store for me.”
“Fodes has been a remarkable player for both Northampton Saints and England,” said interim head coach Alan Dickens.
“We’ll miss having him around Franklin’s Gardens, both in terms of what he offers on the pitch as a player and a leader, but also as a character in the dressing room.”
Forwards coach Dorian West added: “Fodes has given the supporters here at Saints many happy memories and I’m sure they will repay him with a huge ovation on Saturday. He has the respect of everyone here and we wish him all the best for his next step.”
Foden will lead out Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens against Worcester this weekend in his final farewell to the club.