Alex Corbisiero has thanked the Saints supporters for the ‘love’ they showed him during his stay at Franklin’s Gardens.
Corbisiero was released by the club on Tuesday, cutting short a deal that was due to run until the summer.
The 27-year-old had recently announced his decision to take a year away from rugby when his Saints contract ended.
And the loosehead prop, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, will now be able to start his sabbatical early.
Corbisiero made 30 appearances for Saints, playing in the Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup final successes in 2014.
And he will look back on his time at the club fondly, having arrived from London Irish in the summer of 2013.
“I’d like to thank everyone in the Northampton Saints organisation for all of their support on and off the field these last couple of years,” Corbisiero said.
“I’ve had some amazing highs and some frustrating lows while at Saints but have always been well looked after and supported.
“I’ve shared some incredible memories and made some great friendships along the way.
“It has been an honour to be part of such a special group of players and I wish them all the best for this season and the future.
“Lastly, I’d like to thank the Saints supporters, who have shown me nothing but love.
“It was a privilege to play in front of them at the Gardens and I will never forget the atmosphere they create and how they rally behind the team week in, week out.”