Bath Rugby Fly-Half Freddie Burns announced he will be leaving the club for Japan’s Shokki Shuttles on Friday morning.
In a statement released on his Instagram page, Burns said: “I feel immense pride to have played with, for and against the best players, clubs and supporters around. It’s been one hell of a journey. English rugby, for now, it’s been a pleasure. Next stop Shokki Shuttles.”
It’s been a frustrating campaign for the former-Gloucester player, seeing Rhys Priestland occupy the Number 10 jersey – he’s watched most of the season from the sidelines.
With no talks of a new contract and his existing deal set to expire on June 30th, Burns will now move to Japan seeking game-time.
Burns joined Gloucester Rugby’s academy in 2008 and spent six successful years at the club before moving onto Leicester Tigers after the 2013/14 season.
Fans have wished him luck on Twitter after the announcement. Burns will hope that this move can spark a revival to his England career, having not appeared for the Red and Whites since 2014:
good luck Fred!!!!! we will miss you playing in the 💙🖤🤍 but i’m sure you’ll smash it wherever your career takes you x pic.twitter.com/NKMK4HPe52— gracie may x (@mcrquands) May 1, 2020
Best of luck, you were great to watch at the Rec and deserved more game time. Enjoy the adventure
— David Newham (@davienew7) May 1, 2020
All the very best of luck! You were immense in the 🐯 jersey and I’m still gutted about the move to Bath. Cracking montage! Go well.
— Matt J 🏴 🌍 (@Matt_2510) May 1, 2020
Go well Fred I’m sure you will carve up. what is Japanese for Montpelier monster anyway?
— Richard Hoult (@richy779) May 1, 2020
Congrats on the move Freddie! You will be missed 🔵⚫️⚪️ Thoroughly enjoyed watching you at the Rec.. all the best 👍🏻👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/C0Pqn3zQ3F
— Ben Bruce-Smith (@BenBruceSmith) May 1, 2020