Winger Ken Pisi to leave Northampton Saints at end of season

Ken Pisi will leave Franklin's Gardens at the end of the season
Ken Pisi will leave Franklin's Gardens at the end of the season

Northampton Saints have confirmed that veteran winger Ken Pisi will make an exit from the Gallagher Premiership at the end of the ongoing season.

The Samoan international made his professional rugby debut with North Harbour in 2009 and three years later he moved to Franklin's Gardens making 138 appearances for the Premiership club since then scoring 34 tries. The 30-year-old also enjoyed a double of Premiership and Challenge Cup during the 2013/14 season.

“I’m very proud to have spent the majority of my career playing for Northampton Saints in front of this great crowd at Franklin’s Gardens,” he told the official website of the club.

“When I first came over, I didn’t know what to expect, but I have felt welcomed by the amazing rugby community here in Northampton ever since I first pulled on a Black, Green and Gold jersey.

“In seven seasons as a Saint I have been blessed enough to win some silverware, make lifelong uso’s [brothers] and create many unbelievable memories which I’ll always treasure.

“So my thanks go to all my teammates, coaches, trainers and physios, as well as the Club’s supporters, for making my time here so special. For now I’m really focused on helping the squad finish this season as strongly as possible, and I wish everyone here the best for the future.”

Pisi has made 13 appearances at the international between 2012 and 2017 and represented Samoa during the 2015 World Cup and has also represented Samoa 7s squad.

“It’s always hard to pick out individuals within a rugby squad, but Ken has always stood out at this club as a player and as a person,” said Alan Dickens, who has coached Pisi throughout his time at Franklin’s Gardens.

“He was almost ever-present throughout one of the most successful periods of the club’s history, and remains an extremely popular player within our squad.

“He’s a wonderful person and a shining example of what it means to be a Northampton Saint, so we wish him every success and happiness for the future.”

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