Ulster skipper Johann Muller to retire
February 6, 2014
This season will be Johann Muller's last © Getty Images
Ulster have confirmed skipper Johann Muller will retire at the end of the season.
Muller joined the province in 2010 and has made 73 appearances. But he feels the time is right to end his career though he hopes to end the season with some silverware.
"I still believe that I am playing well enough but I just feel from my body's point of view that the time is right to step away," Muller said. "I have enjoyed my time at Ulster so much. The last four years have possibly been the best of my rugby career. My family has been so happy here and we have been made to feel really welcome in Belfast.
"There is still a lot of rugby to be played. Nothing has changed for me. Every time that I take to the field I want to win. I am excited about these last four months, about where we are as a team and what we are capable of achieving."
Ulster's director of rugby, David Humphreys, added: "Johann has been an outstanding player for Ulster Rugby. He is everything you want from a captain - he leads from the front, he is exceptionally committed and he is an inspiration to everyone else around him.
"I remember very clearly sitting with him in Durban, outlining the vision that I had for the team and for Ulster Rugby. He has been the catalyst for the huge strides that we have made in recent years and has made an immense contribution to the province, both on and off the pitch.
"I know that over the next four months that he will be more determined than ever to help deliver success to Ulster and that he will be aiming to end his career on a high."
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