Rugby: Troy Nathan squeezed out at Glasgow

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Glasgow centre Troy Nathan will bid farewell to the club after this Saturday’s Heineken Cup match against Northampton Saints at Scotstoun.

Nathan’s regular position has become extremely competitive this season, with Graeme Morrison, Peter Horne, Alex Dunbar, Sean Lamont and Stuart Hogg all featuring at centre, and the two parties have agreed his release from the club. Nathan said: “I’m sorry to be leaving before the end of the season. I’ve enjoyed my time in Glasgow and I wish the Warriors squad all the best with the current campaign and beyond. I haven’t found another club yet, but I’ve never been fitter and I’m optimistic about the future.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “Given the strength and depth that we now have in our midfield, Troy’s opportunities this season have been limited. With that in mind, both parties have agreed that it would be in Troy’s best interest to move on so that he can focus on securing his future at another club. We thank Troy for his contribution to Glasgow Warriors and wish him continued success in his future career.”

Since joining Glasgow Warriors in the summer of 2011, Nathan has had 17 RaboDirect PRO12 appearances, four Heineken Cup appearances and scored two tries.

German Araoz has also completed his short-term contract with Glasgow, having spent almost three months at the club. Townsend added: “We’d like to thank German for coming to Glasgow at a time when a number of our props were injured. Though it is great to see Ed Kalman and Jon Welsh now return to fitness, German has been extremely valuable to us on and off the pitch.”