Wentzel signs for Wasps
Ex-Leeds skipper joins Wasps after leaving relegated club
Last Updated: 23/05/11 5:03pm
Wentzel: Will play for Wasps next season
Former Leeds Carnegie captain Marco Wentzel has joined Premiership outfit Wasps it emerged on Monday.
The ex-Springbok forward is the latest in a growing list of players to quit the Yorkshire club following their relegation from the Aviva Premiership.
"It was a hard decision for me to leave Leeds. But I believe it is the best decision for me and the future of the club."
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Wentzel, who played two Tests for South Africa against Scotland and France in November 2009, spent two years with Leicester Tigers before joining Leeds in 2009.
The experienced lock, who left Leeds last week, has become Wasps' 10th new signing for next season.
"It was a hard decision for me to leave Leeds," said 32-year-old Wentzel. "But I believe it is the best decision for me and the future of the club.
"I really enjoyed my time there and made some great friends. I must thank all my team-mates and the fans for their amazing support the past two years.
"On the other hand, I am really looking forward to join a club with a proud history like Wasps and believe I can play a part to get them back where they belong at the top of English and European rugby."
Wasps chief executive Chris Thomas added: "Marco will be a fantastic addition to our pack for next season.
"He has much-admired leadership qualities and we know that he is considered a fantastic professional in how he carries himself on and off the pitch."