Armitage to leave London Irish at the end of the seasonBy Alan Manicom
April 16, 2012
London Irish have announced England full back Delon Armitage will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 28-year-old, who has made 165 appearances for London Irish since his debut in 2003, has agreed terms on a two-year deal with French side Toulon.
Armitage said: "I would like to thank everyone involved at London Irish, in particular Toby Booth, who I have worked closely with during my time at Sunbury.
"My partner, Jemma, our children and I, have thoroughly enjoyed the environment at the Club and will go away with some fantastic memories.
"I feel it's the right time for me to move on at this stage in my rugby career.
"Irish has been a huge part of my life and it’s been a real honour to be a part of.
"I would also like to thank the supporters and team mates that I have got to know over the last decade.
"I am looking forward to joining Steffon and Guy at Toulon but my immediate priority is ensuring that London Irish finish the season on a high with two victories."
Exiles' head coach Toby Booth added: "Delon is one of many players who has committed over 10 years' service to this club.
"I wish him and his family the best in the future and thank him for his considerable involvement in London Irish's success in recent times.
"We are sad to see him leave but wish him the very best of luck at Toulon.
"Personally, I hope he regains the form to see him return to international status in the future."