Palmer to return to Wasps

Lock won Premiership and Heineken Cup during his first spell in London

Last Updated: 13/02/12 4:42pm

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Tom Palmer: Started out with Leeds before joining Wasps back in 2006

Tom Palmer: Started out with Leeds before joining Wasps back in 2006

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England international Tom Palmer will rejoin Wasps next season on a two-year contract.

The lock ended his first spell at Adams Park back in 2009 to move to Stade Francais, but has now agreed terms to return to the English capital.

Palmer started out at Leeds before being snapped up by Wasps in 2006, going on to help them win both the Heineken Cup and the Premiership.

"I'm delighted to be returning to London Wasps. I have many happy memories of three successful seasons at Adams Park and I am very excited by the prospect of my return."
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"I'm delighted to be returning to London Wasps," he said on Wasps' official website. "I have many happy memories of three successful seasons at Adams Park and I am very excited by the prospect of my return."

Familiar faces

Palmer will not be the only familiar face back at Wasps - back-rower James Haskell has been playing in Japan and will have a season of Super 15 rugby before rejoining his former team.

"This is a fantastic signing for us and I'm delighted that Tom will be here next season," Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said.

"Bringing the kind of quality in that Tom and James will deliver demonstrates our desire to have a highly-competitive squad next season that will see us I hope push forward very positively.

"Tom is one of the best second-rows in world rugby and it's a real advantage that he comes to the club with a thorough knowledge of what Wasps is all about."

Wasps currently sit 11th in the table, nine points above bottom club Newcastle. They have, however, enjoyed some success in Europe this season, reaching the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

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