Northampton Saints have announced that Stephen Myler will be leaving the club.
Saints fly-half Stephen Myler will be leaving the club at the end of the current season following a 12-year stint since hopping codes from League.
Myler, 33, has made over 300 appearances for Saints and upwards of 2500 points in over a decade with the Midlands outfit.
The half-back was with helped steer Northampton to promotion back into the Premiership in the 2007/08 season, won the Challenger Cup in 2009, took them to a Heineken Cup Final in 2011 in Cardiff and won the Aviva Premiership in 2014.
There is plenty for Myler to be proud of since trading Rugby League for Rugby Union when he moved from Salford City Reds to the Saints in 2006.
“I'll be forever grateful to the Club for giving me the opportunity to make the switch from Rugby League early in my career,” he said.
“I'm extremely proud to have spent almost 12 seasons at Franklin’s Gardens, and I hope I’ve been able to repay the Club for the opportunity they gave me and the faith they showed in me by playing as many games as I have.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play alongside some great players, in some great teams, but more importantly I have met many great people in my time at Saints.
“I cannot express how much the support I've received from Saints supporters has meant to me over the years – both on the pitch and off it, and notably during my testimonial season which they helped make so enjoyable for me.”
Myler also achieved international honours during his time at the Club, getting selected in the 2009 England Saxons squad and playing in the Churchill Cup, before earning a full cap in 2013 during England’s summer tour of Argentina.
He also moved himself up to third on the Aviva Premiership’s all-time list of points scorers earlier this season, currently sitting on an astonishing 1,667, and boasts a record of 23 kicks from 23 attempts in finals for Saints.
Myler added: “I will leave with memories that will stay with me forever, having played and enjoyed success in many key games in the Club’s history.
“But the time has come for me to move on. I'm grateful for what has been, but I'm ready and looking forward to what my future holds.”
Keith Barwell, Northampton Saints’ Chairman for much of Myler’s time at the Club, commented:
“It’s difficult to single out individuals – as rugby is such a team game – but with ‘Smyler’ it’s easy to make an exception.
“Stephen has been one of our best. He is a true Club man. And, like every supporter, we will miss him and his style of play.
“On behalf of the Barwell family, everyone at the Club and all Saints supporters we wish him every success and happiness in his future.”