Harlequins winger Sam Smith will not be offered a new deal for next season, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Smith’s contract is up at the end of the current campaign, and despite featuring in all but three of Quins’ Aviva Premiership fixtures so far, the 23-year-old winger will not be offered an extension to his contract.
It is believed that the clearout of Smith is designed to leave space in the squad for the arrival of Marland Yarde, whose contract is also up at the end of the season. Yarde is thought to be in talks with Wasps and Bath as well as Quins, while also considering an offer from his current club London Irish.
His desire to play at the very highest level, as well as remain close to his family in London, however, would make Quins his most likely destination, and the non-renewal of Smith’s contract could pave the way for the England winger to sign on at the Stoop.
Yarde is currently suffering from a hip tendon injury and was in line to miss the whole of England’s Six Nations campaign, but in a Twitter Q&A recently the young winger confirmed he may return in time for the final two fixtures against Wales and Italy.
Smith will now be looking for a club for the 2014/2015 campaign, with a move in the opposite direction to Yarde not out of the question. The Exiles have also been in talks with Leicester’s Thomas Waldrom, another to be out of contract come the end of the season.
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