Humphreys to leave Ulster

Published Friday, 04 May 2012
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Ulster fly half Ian Humphreys has announced he will leave the club at the end of this season to join London Irish.

Humphreys to leave Ulster
Ian Humphreys will take up a three year contract with London Irish. (© Pacemaker)

He said playing for his home province was "the pinnacle of my career", but following discussions with London Irish director of rugby, Brian Smith, he signed a three-year deal with the side.

"I have decided to [...] be part of a group that aims to re-establish London Irish as a force in the Premiership, with a strong Irish identity," said Humphreys.

"With my family's future now secure, the next three weeks will be concentrated fully on the Ulster team where we will be doing everything possible to achieve our ambition of winning the Heineken Cup," he added.

Humphreys has been named as one of the replacements when Ulster face Munster during Saturday's PRO12 match at Thomond Park.

He will be leaving Ulster with a year still left on his contract, but coach Brian McLaughlin said that will not affect his chances of playing against Leinster later this month.

"I am keen to stress that the job is not yet finished for Ian and he is still very much in contention to play in the Heineken Cup Final in two weeks time.

"There would be no better way for Ian to finish his Ulster career than with a Heineken Cup winner's medal," said McLaughlin.

The 30-year-old joined Brian McLaughlin's side in 2008, replacing retired brother David, and has made 81 appearances for the team, scoring 617 points.

Humphreys was part of the side which guided Ulster into the Heineken Cup quarter finals for the first time in 12 years and also scored all 16 points in a home win against Clermont Auvergne in November.

Ulster Rugby are hoping to finalise their squad for 2012-13 in the coming weeks.

© UTV News
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