SAINTS have announced that Brett Sharman has left the club - due to a knee injury.
Sharman has been at the centre of a storm this week over a racist tweet which questioned why Somalian-born Mo Farah, who won two gold medals at London 2012, was running for Great Britain.
The club said they were ‘following internal procedures’ over the incident, and today announced Sharman has left the club.
But they are saying the decision is down to the player’s injury, and has nothing to do with the Twitter storm.
The 25-year-old hooker joined Saints midway through the 2008/09 season, with the last of his 68 appearances coming in January’s LV= Cup trip to Bath.
Since then a knee injury has ruled him out of action, and with no immediate prospect of Sharman returning to full fitness the decision was made to terminate his contract.
“It is always a shame when someone’s contract comes to an end in these circumstances,” commented director of rugby Jim Mallinder.
“Brett has contributed a lot to the squad in his time at Franklin’s Gardens and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Sharman, who has apologised for the tweet about Farah, said: “I’ve enjoyed my time at the Saints
“It is a great club with good people and I am sure that there will be major success coming to Franklin’s Gardens sooner rather than later.
“The players, management and supporters all deserve that and I wish them every success.”