This has been a really difficult decision
London Wasps centre Dom Waldouck is to depart the Club to join Northampton Saints.
Waldouck, who had a year to run on his contract at Wasps, handed in a written transfer request in recent weeks explaining that he was seeking for a fresh start for the forthcoming season.
After numerous discussions it became clear that the club would be unable to dissuade the player, who has made over 100 appearances for Wasps since his debut in 2006, and reluctantly an agreement has now been reached to complete his transfer.
Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "We are really disappointed to lose Dom who we were hoping to play an important role in our squad next season.
"However despite our attempts to talk him round, he has been adamant that he needs a fresh start and it wouldn't do any of us any good to keep him here against his will. Dom's ultimate aim is to get back in the England reckoning and he feels he needs to be playing for a side competing at the top of the Aviva Premiership and in the Heineken Cup to do so.
"We are looking immediately to fill the gap he leaves in the squad though this is a tough time of year for recruitment. I wish Dom all the best in the future."
Dom Waldouck said: "This has been a really difficult decision to arrive at but I feel it is right for me at this stage in my career.
"I first started training with Wasps when I was 15 and the club has played a massive part in my life over the last nine years. The obvious highlights include the Heineken and Premiership wins, but more importantly the friends I've made and the supporters are the main memories I will take with me as I leave.
"I'd like to thank Dai Young for his support and advice over the last month, and though he may disagree with my decision, I sincerely wish him and everyone at London Wasps the best for the future."