Alex Dunbar will leave Glasgow Warriors after moving to Newcastle Falcons on loan
Alex Dunbar will leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season after spending the remainder of the campaign on loan at Newcastle Falcons.
The Scotland centre, 28, is out of contract in the summer having been with Glasgow for almost a decade.
However, he has struggled for form and fitness this season, making only eight appearances.
And 31-cap Dunbar confirmed in a social media post on Thursday it was "time to move on".
"I'm looking forward to the future, getting game time and getting myself back to where I want to be as a player," he said.
The centre has faced competition from Scotland counterparts Pete Horne, Huw Jones and Nick Grigg, as well as burgeoning prospect Stafford McDowall and Sam Johnson, the Australia-born midfielder who will make his Scotland debut against Italy on Saturday.
"After an amazing nine years with Glasgow Warriors, the time has come to move on with my rugby and challenge myself in new ways," Dunbar wrote.
"Never could I have imagined the life that this club would give me. Glasgow will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you."
Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie praised Dunbar for his long service.
"We have a lot of competition at centre and this is a good opportunity for him to go and play more regularly and test himself in a different competition," he said.
News of Dunbar's move comes after the Pro14 club announced the summer signing of second-row Andrew Davidson from Newcastle subject to a medical.
The 22-year-old, who has agreed a two-year contract, impressed during a month on loan with the Warriors earlier this season.