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Roughriders part ways with John Murphy

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders and assistant vice president of football operations and player personnel John Murphy have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced on Wednesday.

“On behalf of the Rider organization, I want to thank John for his three years of hard work and leadership with our football club,” said Riders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach Chris Jones. “He is one of football’s top personnel men and was a big contributor to our success. He will remain a good friend of mine and I wish him all the best.”

Murphy joined the Riders in December of 2015 where he oversaw personnel-related matters, including the CFL Draft and free-agent identification and evaluation.

Murphy sent out a tweet confirming the news earlier in the day on Tuesday where he also thanked Rider fans for their support.

“After three seasons with the club, Tuesday was my final day as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders,” Murphy said in a statement on Twitter, that included a thank you note to Rider fans. “While choices like these are always difficult for both personal and professional reasons, I look forward to what the next chapter has in store.”