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Flutey leaves Wasps as club prepares for new owners

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James Mortimer     04 Apr 2012     Getty Images

It is believed that Flutey will join up with the Ricoh Black Rams, the same club that Ma'a Nonu spent a few months with after the Rugby World Cup.

Flutey, who represented Hawke's Bay, Wellington and the Hurricanes before heading to England in 2005, made a big impact on English soil.

This led to a call up to England, and Flutey's form in 2008 and 2009 was such that he was included on the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa - becoming the first man in history to play for and against the famous touring team.

His second stint with Wasps came after a short spell with Brive.

With Flutey currently sidelined with an ankle injury, it is likely he has played his last game in the Aviva Premiership.

Flutey said moving to Japan was so he was closer to family in New Zealand, with the midfielder born in the Wairarapa.

"My wife and my three kids will first be returning to New Zealand and she is expecting our fourth child this summer," Flutey said.

"I really just want to take this chance to say a massive thanks to Wasps for being so supportive and understanding of what has been a tough decision to leave, but ultimately having four young kids away from family and a support network in New Zealand would be very tough.

"It goes without saying that the Club will always have a huge place in my heart, and I would especially like to thank all the fans and supporters I have had while in the UK. I look forward to seeing the club's success with Dai Young at the helm and returning in the future."

Meanwhile the iconic London club has announced they will likely unveil their new owner to take over from Steve Hayes in the coming days.

"Since Steve Hayes announced that the Club was for sale some months ago, a large number of parties had expressed interest, and discussions are now focused on the final four parties who have all demonstrated that they are financially capable of completing a deal and supporting the club effectively going forward," Wasps said in a statement.

"In each case the relationship between the club and these parties is governed by a strict contract of non-disclosure which means that no details of their identity may be disclosed in advance of a deal being completed.

"No preferred party has yet been selected but the club is confident that the process is now nearing conclusion. Current owner Steve Hayes has reiterated that a key factor in the final decision will be the plans for and ability to offer the club a sustainable and successful future.

"At this time of change, it is more important than ever that everyone connected with London Wasps rallies in their support for Dai Young, his coaching team and of course the players."