Team Jacobs and longtime third Ryan Fry to part ways at end of curling season

Ryan Fry’s arrival on Team Brad Jacobs seven years ago helped push the rink to curling‘s greatest heights. His departure will come at the end of a season that included significant challenges.A mutual decision to move on came after Fry called Jacobs on Thursday morning.Story continues below

“We had a conversation that basically consisted of us both agreeing that everyone needs a fresh start and the shelf life of our team had been reached,” Jacobs told The Canadian Press on Friday. “It was time for everyone to kind of hit the refresh button.”READ MORE: Team Jennifer Jones named replacement for Curling World Cup finaleThe team will play two Grand Slam events together next month before going their separate ways. Jacobs, second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden will continue to play together next season and the search is on for a replacement at third.“I think everyone is feeling probably mixed emotions,” Jacobs said. “Both disappointed as well as relieved in a way. I think that’s probably the best way to describe it.”Fry joined the team in 2012 to form a stellar back end with Jacobs, who had arguably the strongest sweeping duo in the game with the Harnden brothers. They won the Tim Hortons Brier in 2013, silver at the world championship and Olympic gold at the 2014 Sochi Games.WATCH: Ryan Fry playing third for the Brad Jacobs rink adds another name to the list of Manitoban gold medalists