Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby wish Maitland well

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Sean Maitland in action for the Crusaders against the Sharks. Photo by Getty Images.

The Crusaders and the Canterbury Rugby Football Union have today confirmed that Sean Maitland’s contract with them has been terminated and he is moving to Scotland to play for the Glasgow Warriors.

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder said that it had been an incredibly difficult decision to let Maitland go for the 2013 Super Rugby season as he is such a well-liked and highly respected player.

“Sean is an exceptional young man. He has integrity, good values and an affable nature that has made him very popular amongst his teammates. He has made an important contribution to the Crusaders and he will be missed,” Blackadder said.

Maitland debuted for the Crusaders in 2008 and has since played 54 games and scored 24 tries.  He has also racked up 46 games for Canterbury and would have been in line for his half-century this season had he not injured his hand at the beginning of this year’s ITM Cup.  Canterbury Head Coach Tabai Matson said despite it being a frustrating season for Maitland, he had remained an integral member of the squad.

“Sean is the kind of guy who makes his positive presence felt in a team, even when he is unable to make his presence felt on the field.  His encouraging attitude and friendship off the field will be missed as much as his speed, skill and determination on the field.  We wish him all the best for his move and for the future,” Matson said.

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