Published Wednesday, 04 December 2013
Ulster star John Afoa is leaving the club. (© Presseye)
The tighthead prop, who came to Ravenhill just over two years ago, has signed a new long-term deal with English Aviva Premiership club Gloucester.
Afoa said: "It is good to have my long term future sorted out, however I still have a lot of rugby to play with Ulster. I have six months remaining on my contract with the province and I am focused on helping the guys win something this season.
"When I finish my career, I will reflect on my time at Ravenhill with a lot of pride."
The 30-year-old made his debut against Connacht in the PRO12 in 2011 and has gone on to play in 48 games for Ulster so far.
David Humphreys, Ulster's Director of Rugby, said Afoa has been "excellent".
He continued: "John has made a fantastic contribution in the two years that he has been here. He has been excellent on the pitch but has also been great for us off it, working along with Allen Clarke to develop the next generation of props for Ulster and Ireland.
"When he leaves in June, everyone at Ulster Rugby will wish John well. Until that time however, I know that he will be fully committed to the Province and I also know that he will now be even more determined to help Ulster be successful this season."
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