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MacLeod-Henderson jets off for Rotherham

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MacLeod-Henderson joins a number of veteran Sharks players to have left the province following the end of the Currie Cup. André Snyman (Leeds Tykes), Lukas van Biljon (Cats/Lions), Stefan Terblanché (Neath-Swansea Ospreys) and Justin Swart (retired) have all left the Natal-based outfit following the Sharks' loss to the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup Final in November.

"I was pretty much told that I wasn't part of the Sharks plans," MacLeod revealed on Friday. "My contract is until the end of next year, so I am very disappointed to be leaving, I would have liked to be playing for another year at least. I have loved playing here and being a part of this team, but I look forward to the challenges ahead."

MacLeod-Henderson played 43 Currie Cup matches (11 this season) and gained 26 Super 12 caps for the Sharks, making it difficult for Sharks coach Kevin Putt to break the news to the hard-working loose forward.

"Brad has been a loyal and reliable member of the Sharks for a number of years. My son actually showed me an old program from 1998 that he had found from my last season playing here. My No.8 that day against Free State was Brad," said Putt.

"He has been in and out of the frontline for a number of years. I spoke with him at the end of this season and told him I did not see him in the frontline next season … the disappointment was tangible. I am glad he has other options and wish him well in his endeavours."

Rotherham have delved deep into the resources of South African rugby of late in an attempt to lift themselves from the bottom of the Zurich Premiership. Starting with the signing of Stef Nel as coach, the Titans have since signed Free State flank Ryno van der Merwe, Eagles lock Bloues Volschenk, Pumas second rower Corniel van Zyl and hard-running Lions wing Giscard Pieters.

MacLeod-Henderson will leave South Africa on Friday evening and is likely to begin training with the Yorkshire-based club on Monday.

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