Updated: Monday, 03 February 2014 20:47 | By Agence France-Presse

Bath's Abendanon to join Clermont

Former England full-back Nick Abendanon will join French giants Clermont Auvergne from Bath at the end of this season, the Premiership side announced Monday.

Bath's Abendanon to join Clermont

Nick Abendanon of England Saxons (centre) tries to run around Canadian players during the Churchill Cup at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on June 19, 2010 - by Mike Stobe

The 27-year-old, who won his two England caps back in 2007, will be released a year early from his contract with south-west side Bath after Clermont agreed to pay a transfer fee.

"Nick has been a great player for Bath, and we thank him for all he's done over the years," said Bath head coach Mike Ford in a club statement.

"He felt it was time to go and that Clermont represented an opportunity he couldn't turn down. I know Nick will remain totally committed to our cause this season."

Meanwhile Abendanon, who has made nearly 200 first-team appearances for Bath, said he was looking forward to the prospect of playing for Clermont, beaten 16-15 in last season's European Cup final by French rivals Toulon.

"I have loved every minute I have played for Bath and want to thank the club for giving me the opportunities they have done," said Abendanon.

"This has been an extremely hard decision for me, but I feel this is the right time to challenge myself in a new environment."

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