'He's had an interrupted time with us'
REACTION: Leicester Tigers boss Steve Borthwick says Cyle Brink has been an important part of his squad, despite the injuries he suffered.
Leicester have agreed terms with the 27-year-old, allowing the loose forward an early release from his contract to return home to South Africa to play for the Bulls. He made 19 appearances for the Tigers since his debut in November 2020.
Brink has been plagued with injuries from his time playing with the Lions.
In 2018 he was robbed of a possible Test debut for the Springboks after he suffered a serious knee injury during a freak training-ground accident.
During his short time with Leicester, he suffered knee and hamstring injuries.
Speaking about Brink’s contribution to the club, Borthwick said: “Cyle has had an interrupted time with us, after joining during the first lockdown, but has worked tirelessly every day he has been here to get himself in the best possible condition, to develop as a player, and to do everything he can to help the team.
“He has been a really important part of the Leicester Tigers squad during this rebuild.
“An opportunity for him has come up in the new year, back home in South Africa, and we wish Cyle all the best in this next chapter with the Bulls.
“I want to thank him, on behalf of everyone at Leicester Tigers, for his contribution to our club and the part he has played in the very early stages of this journey we are on.”
— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) December 21, 2021
Meanwhile, Brink added: “I am extremely grateful for having had the time at Leicester Tigers and would like to thank the coaches, staff and my teammates for their support.
“While I have enjoyed my time in Leicester, I am grateful to Tigers for coming to this agreement with me and the Bulls which allows me to return home to South Africa.
“I am looking forward to this new opportunity and challenge in my career and wish Leicester Tigers all the best in the future.”
Brink will depart Leicester Tigers on December 31, 2021.
Leicester Tigers have agreed terms with Cyle Brink, allowing the back-rower an early release from his contract to return home to South Africa in 2022.
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) December 20, 2021