Ex-Leeds Rhinos forward Mitch Garbutt’s surprising new club confirmed

Mitchell Garbutt will leave Toulouse Olympique at the end of the season.

After debuting in the NRL with the Melbourne Storm, then a stint in Brisbane, Garbutt signed for Leeds in 2015.

He stayed there for four seasons, played 84 games and won three major trophies: two Super League Grand Final titles at Old Trafford (2015 and 2017) and a Challenge Cup at Wembley (2015). In 2019, he joined Hull KR and played 22 games, scoring five tries.

Arriving at the French club in 2021, Garbutt has been a key member of the Toulouse squad, helping to guide the club to promotion last year and has been the consummate professional ever since.

Bernard SARRAZAIN, the President of TO XIII said: β€œThe whole of Toulouse Olympique is very grateful for everything that Mitch has brought to the group and to the club since his arrival. He marked the history of the TO as a player and I am sure that he will continue to support us until the end of the season. I wish him and his family all the best for this new chapter in his career in Comminges.”

Now, Garbutt’s next move has been confirmed: he will be player/coach of St Gaudens in 2023 – a side in the French Elite One league.

It’s perhaps a tad surprising that the 33-year-old has chosen this route considering that he still very much looks the part in Super League, but it looks as though Garbutt will retire in France.

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