Saracens have confirmed that skipper Brad Barritt will be leaving the club at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Barritt was contracted with the club until summer but now has signed a short-term contract extension to remain with Saracens until the end of the 2019/20 season.
The 33-year-old joined Saracens in 2008 and has enjoyed five Premiership titles and three European Champions Cup. He was appointed the captain in 2016 and guided them to Premiership titles and all three Champions Cup titles since then and has racked up 257 appearances for them.
“I’m excited and delighted to announce that I’ve signed a contract extension until the end of the 2019/20 season,” said Barritt to the official website of the club.
“But I’m also sadly going to announce that this will be my last season with Saracens. I have had an incredible stay here of 12 years.
“There have been so many memories, so many experiences, but sadly all good things must come to an end.
“I’m immensely excited to finish off the season. To still have the Champions Cup as a goal and focus point for us is immensely exciting.
“I also want to hopefully sign off on a positive note and enjoy these last few months as a Saracen.”
Barritt made his England debut in 2012 and went on to play 26 Tests including three games in the 2015 World Cup.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was pleased with Barritt's decision to remain with the club at the end of the ongoing season.
“Brad’s agreement to stay with the club until the conclusion of the 19/20 season is outstanding news," said McCall.
“He has been a central figure in the development of our club for more than a decade and a truly great captain for the last five years.
“We are delighted that Brad will have the opportunity to end his time with us in the manner he so richly deserves.”