Brumbies lock Sam Carter will end his nine-year career with the club at the end of the upcoming Super Rugby season after signing with Irish side Ulster.
Carter has signed a two-year deal with the Irish club that will see him head to the Northern Hemisphere to join the side in time for the 2019/2020 season.
The former Brumbies captain moved to the nation’s capital to join the Brumbies academy program in 2010. Debuting in 2011 against the Melbourne Rebels at GIO Stadium, he became a mainstay in the Brumbies’ second row after barely missing games during his long career.
Carter, who has played 105 games for the Brumbies, has been weighing up his future for several months and said it was the right time for him and his wife to embrace a new challenge overseas.
“I have loved my time at the Brumbies and have made many great memories that will live with me for the rest of my rugby career,” Carter said.
“The Brumbies are all I have known rugby-wise, so it was a difficult decision to make, but I feel the time is right for me and my wife, Maddie, to experience a new challenge and the chance to join Ulster was too good to turn down.
“I’d like to thank everyone connected with the club for their support over the years and especially the Brumbies fan base who have been exceptional throughout my time at the club.”
Having been capped 16 times by the Wallabies, 29-year-old Carter will take a wealth of experience into his new adventure in Ireland following in the footsteps of Christian Lealiifano and Henry Speight who both enjoyed short-term loan deals in Belfast.
New Brumbies chief Phil Thomson thanked the lock for his tireless service to the club.
“Sam has been a stalwart for the Brumbies for nearly a decade and we thank him for his service to the club,” he said.
“There aren’t many players who have worn the Brumbies jersey on more than 100 occasions and Sam will always be welcome back in Canberra. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”