Salvi leaving Leicester

Date published: May 11 2015

Australian flanker Julian Salvi will leave Leicester at the end of the season, Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has confirmed.

The 29-year-old, whose contract runs out at the end of the current campaign, had been in protracted negotiations with the Premiership club about extending his deal.

"The saga around that is what it is," Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester.

"Julian is moving on – that's life."

The former Brumbies flanker has become an integral part of the Leicester squad since his arrival in 2011, making 112 appearances to date for the club.

Salvi has been linked with a move to France or Premiership rivals Exeter Chiefs, where he could join current Tigers team-mate Geoff Parling.

Leicester have one more Premiership league game in the regular season, but if they beat Northampton on Saturday they will be involved in the play-offs.