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Rob Purdham to leave Harlequins and return to Cumbria

Rob Purdham
Cumbria-born Purdham played in the capital for 10 years.

Harlequins RL captain Rob Purdham has said he will leave the club to return to Cumbria at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old, currently in his testimonial year, has spent 10 years in the capital playing Super League.

Purdham's brother Garry was one of 12 people killed by Derrick Bird last year and he considered quitting the sport then to return to the family farm.

He told the club's website: "My decision is not to do with the club. It is purely for personal reasons."

Club chairman David Hughes said: "He's been a fantastic servant for us and it's been a wonderful 10 years."

"It was a brave step to come down from Cumbria and set up home here.

"Rob's a super captain and a super character. He's had some tough personal issues to deal with and been a bit unlucky with injuries. I hope he keeps in touch with the club."

Head coach Rob Powell added: "It's sad to see Rob leave. He has been a massive player and leader for the club. His absence will leave a big void for the club to fill.

"We fully support his decision to move back to Cumbria and wish him and his wife, Sarah, all the best for the future."

Purdham joined the club during its London Broncos era.

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