It was confirmed yesterday that England winger Marland Yarde joined Sale Sharks after a mid-season departure from Harlequins.
Mid-season transfers aren’t exactly common in rugby union so the story has received quite a lot of attention as you would expect.
It has been reported that Yarde has missed a number of training sessions in the last couple of months with Quins and it is understood that this has contributed to his departure from the club.
Harlequins Director of Rugby, John Kingston, said this about Yarde’s departure from the club:
“Marland is a top player and I have a great relationship with him. We have enjoyed working together over the last three years and I want to thank him for his contribution to the Club and wish him well for the future.”
Yarde is undoubtedly a quality player and his try scoring record in the Premiership is a testament to that so Sale definitely have a player on their hands if they can get him to perform to a high standard week in, week out.
The 25-year-old has just released a statement this evening where he thanks Harlequins and states his excitement of joining up with the Sharks.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Harlequins for their time and memories over the last few years. It’s been fantastic putting on this jersey with so many great players and I’d like to extend an appreciation to the supporters who have been tremendous over the years.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks but I’ve really appreciated your messages and I wish everyone at Quins all the best. With that comes a fresh challenge and I’m thrilled to be joining Sale Sharks and I look forward to meeting my new teammates and starting life in Manchester.”
— Marland Yarde (@YardeM) November 1, 2017