Toulon have released a statement confirming the release of Mathieu Bastareaud from his contract at the club by mutual agreement.
In the statement, the club said the centre "wanted a new challenge for four months before joining Major League Rugby team Rugby United New York."
“I’m not going to be secretive, these are my last matches in Toulon, I try to live it thoroughly,” Bastareaud said when confirming his move to New York back in April.
“I chose to join the New York team. It’s a new adventure for me. It’s important for me to finish here. I wanted to change. It was the best compromise for me at family level, life experience and to play rugby.”
Communiqué – Mathieu Bastareaud sur le départ 👇🏽https://t.co/jmVl6FSEEF
— RCT - RC Toulon (@RCTofficiel) July 9, 2019
Toulon President Mourad Boudjellal also added that the door to a return from the 2020-2021 season is open for the 30-year-old.
According to reports, Bastareaud could go to Lyon before New York, with Munster and the Sharks seen as possible clubs where he'll sign a short term deal.