May 31, 2017 / 1:58 PM / 6 months ago

Picamoles rejoins Montpellier from Northampton

LONDON (Reuters) - France number eight Louis Picamoles has rejoined Montpellier from Northampton Saints in a big-money move that the 31-year-old said on Wednesday would probably be the last contract of his career.

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The move was confirmed by both parties, with the English Premiership side saying the French club had paid a ‘significant’ transfer fee to secure a player who had two years remaining on his contract.

“The 31-year-old has received a proposal from Montpellier which will underpin the future financial stability for his family,” Northampton said in a statement.

The club said it had agreed the transfer reluctantly and the fee -- which British media put at around 900,000 pounds -- would be reinvested into the playing squad, with the Saints looking for new signings.

Picamoles told the French club’s website (www.montpellier-rugby.com) that it had been hard to refuse the approach at his age.

”Montpellier is my town, it’s the club that made me the player I am today,“ he said. ”I’ve signed for three years, it will probably be my last contract.

“It was something important for me to finish my career at Montpellier, and also for my family. I met my wife in Montpellier, and we see our life after rugby here.”

The player joined Northampton from Toulouse on a three-year contract in 2016, having played at Montpellier for five years until 2009.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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