Leicester Tigers confirmed the exit of Italy international Martin Castrogiovanni
Last Updated: 19/05/13 5:36pm
Martin Castrogiovanni: Faces an uncertain future
Martin Castrogiovanni's departure from Leicester has been confirmed although the Italian prop's future plans are far from clear.
Castrogiovanni has been a key figure in the Leicester front row over the past seven seasons however he had seemed set to join Toulon in the summer.
And although that deal has subsequently hit the rocks, the Tigers have announced that the 31-year-old, who has made 148 appearances for club, will not be remaining at Welford Road.
Brett Deacon and Matt Cornwell are also set to leave the club at the end of the current campaign.
Kieran Brookes, George Ford, Andrew Forsyth, Jonny Harris, Alex Lewington, Jimmy Stevens and Micky Young had already confirmed they would be playing else next season, while Geordan Murphy will retire from playing in order to take up a position on the coaching staff.
Also leaving Welford Road will be Rob Andrew, George Oliver and Richard Thorpe.
Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill told the club's official site: "It is a fact of professional sport that people move on at some stage, but we thank every one of the players for their contribution in a Leicester Tigers shirt.
"Geordan has obviously been a key member of the playing squad here for a long time and we look forward to his continued contribution to the club in a new role.
"Castro has been here for seven years and has achieved an awful lot with the club. He is one of those iconic players here, he's always been very popular with colleagues and supporters, and has made a very significant impact here.
"He has called Leicester his home for the last seven years and he knows he will always be very welcome at Welford Road.
"Brett Deacon and Matt Cornwell are Leicester guys through and through, which is one of the reasons I brought them back for a second spell at the club. They have both played an important role on and off the field and have helped to maintain that Leicester core to our squad.
"To all of the players who will be moving on at the end of this season we thank them for their commitment and hard work in the Leicester cause and we wish them well in the future.
"We are looking at the final parts of our recruitment process for next season and will make an announcement on that in due course."