Ospreys Rugby can confirm that we have accepted flanker Sam Lewis’ request to be released from the remaining terms of his contract with immediate effect.
The terms of his existing deal with the region enabled him to invoke a release clause at the end of the current season, subject to several criteria being met. However, his stated desire to be playing more rugby led to his request for an immediate release being submitted.
The decision was made following much deliberation and after receiving a formal request from the player to be allowed to take up an alternative offer of employment.
As with any such decision there were a number of factors that needed to be taken into consideration and it was felt that, in this instance, holding the player to the explicit terms of his contract had the potential to prove disruptive to the environment at a crucial time of the season, hence the decision was made in the best interests of the organisation.