Ian Gough to leave Ospreys after six seasons
IAN Gough is to leave the Ospreys by mutual consent after six seasons at the Liberty.
The stalwart lock, part of two league title-winning sides and the squad that won the EDF title in 2008, departs after reaching an agreement on the final year of his contract with the region.
He exits after 119 appearances for the Ospreys and at 36 he is now free to pursue other career options.
Gough said: “With sadness it’s time to announce that I am leaving the Ospreys by mutual consent.
“I have been at the region since 2007 and have enjoyed every minute of my time here. The welcome I had and the friends and memories I have made will stay with me forever.
“I’ve enjoyed on field success with the team, winning trophies, and have also been lucky enough to help with coaching the young regional age grade players within the set up who I believe have a massively bright future and will help take this region forward.
“I consider Swansea my home now. I wish everyone at the region the best of luck for the future and look forward to watching them play and enjoying a few beers with friends there when able.”
Gough has piled up 480 appearances throughout an epic top-flight career that began at Newport in 1996.
His travels have taken him from Rodney Parade to Pontypridd, back to Newport with the Dragons and onto the Ospreys, where his hard graft and big tackling made him a crowd favourite.
Ospreys rugby operations manager Andy Lloyd said: “Ian has been a tremendous servant to the region since signing in 2007, on and off the field, never giving anything less than 100 per cent to the Ospreys.
“Not only as he worn the jersey with pride, he’s given his time to work with the next generation as a coach with the under-16s and under-18s to help develop some of the young second rows that are coming through the system.
“Second row is a position where we are fortunate to boast considerable strength in depth, with Ian playing a large part in that thanks to his efforts off the field with the younger players coming through. As such, and in respect of the outstanding service he has given to this region, it makes sense for us to reach an agreement that will allow him to undertake fresh challenges.”