Glasgow’s livewire scrum-half Niko Matawalu is the leave the club in the summer to join Aviva Premiership side Bath Rugby.
The Scotstoun fan favourite has rejected a new deal and will move to the famous West Country next season after three eventful years at Scotstoun, winning the player of the season in 2012-13 and scoring 22 tries in 60 games.
His original deal with Glasgow was the Fijian’s first professional contract after he starred for his country on the World Rugby 7s circuit and then against Scotland in Suva during their 2012 summer tour.
His all-action style with speed of movement and thought immediately became a huge hit in the PRO12 and especially with Glasgow’s growing fan base.
“Niko took to the professional game straight away and has worked hard to improve his game,” said warriors head coach Gregor Townsend. “He is well liked by our players, coaches and especially our supporters, and we’ve loved having him at the club.
“When he moves on at the end of the season we’ll wish him well in the next stage of his career, but there is still a lot of rugby to be played before then. He has always given one hundred percent for the club and I know he will continue to do so until the end of the season.”
Matawalu revealed he had been made “a very good offer” from the Warriors and Scottish Rugby to stay with the club.
“It made this a very difficult decision, but I feel I am ready for a new challenge,” he said.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Glasgow and I’d like to thank the Warriors for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to playing for the club and in front of the supporters until the end of the season.
“We have some big games coming up in the GUINNESS PRO12 and in Europe and if I keep working hard hopefully I’ll be involved in those matches.
“My focus is on the Warriors and helping the club achieve success this season.”