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Peter Stringer on the move again as Bath confirm scrum-half is to leave

Ireland legend “disappointed” not to be staying with the Premiership club.

PETER STRINGER IS set to write another new chapter in his rugby career after Bath confirmed that the veteran scrum-half will leave at the end of the season.

Stringer moved to the Rec in January 2013 and recently made his 50th appearance for the Premiership club.

But with Fijian international Niko Matawalu set to join from Glasgow Warriors this summer, the Corkman has not been offered a further contract extension.

Stringer, who turned 37 in December, gave no indication that he is thinking about retirement.

He said: “I am, of course, disappointed not to be staying at Bath but I’m very much looking forward to the next chapter of my rugby career elsewhere.

“I’ve had a great two years here and worked with some very talented players and coaches in that time.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the squad develops in the next few years, and to playing my part over the remainder of the season to help the club finish in style.”

Stringer first joined Bath on loan but was subsequently offered two one-year contracts by the West Country side.

“Peter has been a fantastic servant for Bath,” head coach Mike Ford said.

His experience has been invaluable over the last two years, particularly in helping our younger players develop, and we’ll miss his professionalism around the squad.

“It’s a shame we are unable to keep Peter, but with Niko Matawalu joining, Chris Cook re-signing and Will Homer coming through from the Academy, this has become an incredibly competitive position within the squad.”

Bath are currently second in the Premiership, five points behind leaders Northampton.

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