Dom Waldouck looks set to move from London Wasps to Northampton Saints over the coming days after handing in a transfer request, according to BBC Radio Northampton.
The outside centre signed a three-extension with Wasps back in 2010, but with one year to go on his contract appears to have been alerted by Northampton’s interest and as a result made an effort to move his future away from Adams Park. Saints will have to pay a fee for Waldouck given that he has one year to go on his deal.
Since making his debut for the senior side in 2006, Waldouck picked up a Heineken Cup Winners medal in 2007 along with being named Players’ Player of the Year, before a Premiership title in 2008. Recent seasons have seen him plagued by injuries but he has made appearances for the England Saxons and for the England senior side on their midweek matches against the New Zealand Maori back in 2010, although he is yet to win a cap at senior level.
Transfer requests remain a fairly uncommon occurrence in Rugby, but here are some other examples:
The veteran England & Lions lock forwards told Wasps on his return from the Rugby World Cup that after 14 years at the club and despite signing a new deal months beforehand, he wanted to leave. Shaw then joined Toulon where he was part of the club’s run to the Top 14 Final last season.
After joining Bath in 2004, Welsh submitted a transfer request in 2006 revealing that he wanted to return home to South Africa for a chance to be part of the Springboks 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, returning to play for former club the Bulls. He didn’t make the cut.
Following a lengthy period of time off due to his participation in Strictly Come Dancing, Henson was expected back in training with the Ospreys in July but come September of 2010 instead handed in a transfer request, paving the way for his move to Saracens. After just six weeks at Vicarage Road, Henson submitted another transfer request due to his disappointment at being played away from his favoured 10 shirt and moved to Toulon.