Glasgow Warriors have announced that influential Fiji international second row Leone Nakarawa is to leave at the end of the season.
The 28-year-old had another year left on his contract but is moving to France, where he has been linked with big-spending Parisians Racing Metro.
Nakarawa joined Glasgow in 2013 and has played 66 times, scoring four tries.
“These types of opportunities only come around once and I couldn’t turn it down,” he said.
“This is a new challenge which I’m looking forward to, but that is next season and my focus just now is trying to retain the Pro12 trophy and end my time at the club on a high.
“Glasgow Warriors have helped me a lot with the coaches and backroom staff improving my game and making me stronger.”
Nakawara turned in a hugely impressive display in last season’s Pro12 final, as Glasgow overpowered Munster.
‘Deal has allowed us to strengthen squad’
“Leone has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs due to the form he’s been in over the last year,” head coach Gregor Townsend explained.
“During the World Cup a lot of clubs were interested in signing him and although we were looking to retain him, we have now agreed to let Leone leave a year early.
“Right from when there was interest in him I’ve been fully involved with Scottish Rugby in the discussions with Leone and his agent, and the deal which was subsequently agreed has allowed us to strengthen our squad for next season.
“Leone has been a fantastic player for the club and has been a pleasure to coach. He has worked hard and developed into one of the best second rows in the world during the past three years.
“We are looking forward to Leone delivering similar performances as we enter a very exciting run of games at the end of this season.”
Glasgow, two points behind Leinster and Connacht at the top of the Pro 12, host Italian side Zebre on Friday, 29 April before concluding the regular season away to Connacht on 7 May.