Rugby union: Harlequins have agreed two-year deal with England wing Marland Yarde
Last Updated: 30/01/14 3:14pm
Marland Yarde will join Harlequins next summer
England international wing Marland Yarde is to join Harlequins next summer after signing a two-year contract.
The 21-year-old is currently with London Irish but Quins have announced that he will be joining them in time for pre-season training next July.
Having worked his way through the England age-group sides, Yarde made his senior debut against Argentina in Buenos Aires last June, scoring two tries.
He then impressed in a win over Australia at Twickenham but then picked up a hip tendon injury. It is hoped he will have recovered in time to play some part in the later matches in the upcoming Six Nations Championship.
"He is young, ambitious, has world-class potential, and his 'X-Factor' is with ball in hand."
Conor O'Shea on Marland Yarde
London Irish chiefs had used their recent takeover and influx of funds to produce a competitive new deal for the 21-year-old but he has decided to move to Harlequins instead.
Yarde said: "I will always have fond memories of London Irish and can only thank the club for what they have done for me as a player to date and the opportunity they have given me.
"I am excited to move on to the next stage of my career with Harlequins and hope to continue to develop and improve as a player."
And Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea said: "In speaking to Marland and his mother these past few weeks, I know how much Marland appreciates everything that has been done for him by London Irish.
"However, once he decided that he wanted to make a change, I think we both knew the fit was perfect. He is young, ambitious, has world-class potential, and his 'X-Factor' is with ball in hand.
"We are absolutely determined that we will help him realise his ambitions and look forward to him joining the squad for pre-season training in the summer."
A London Irish statement read: "We did everything within our power to retain Marland, considering that the club had developed him as a player through our Junior and Senior Academy Programme.
"An offer of more than substantial new terms was made to Marland so, in the circumstances, the club is disappointed with his decision to move on."