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Phillips heading for Ospreys exit
ESPNscrum Staff
April 13, 2011
Ospreys scrum-half Mike Phillips, Ospreys v London Irish, Heineken Cup, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, October 15, 2010
Mike Phillips will leave the Ospreys at the end of the season © Getty Images

Ospreys boss Scott Johnson has confirmed that Mike Phillips will leave the region at the end of the season.

The Wales scrum-half has been linked with a lucrative move across the Channel, with Toulouse his reported destination, despite the fact that his contract with the Ospreys runs until 2014.

The Heineken Cup champions are in the market for a high-class No.9 to replace the Bayonne-bound Byron Kelleher.

Phillips' Ospreys team-mates, Lee Byrne and James Hook, have already confirmed that they will be plying their trade in France next season, with Clermont Auvergne and Perpignan respectively.

The region recently announced the signing of Samoan international scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i, who has been playing Super Rugby in New Zealand with the Crusaders.

"After continued request from Mike over the last 18 months, we have agreed to let Mike go as soon as he can find another club," he said.

"We have an organisation to run and anybody who doesn't want to be here, we'll move on. Sadly, that is the way the sport is going. I'd rather have people here who want to be here."

Phillips joined the Ospreys from Cardiff Blues in 2006 and is reported to be one of the highest earners in Welsh rugby.

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