LONDON Irish have confirmed that Marland Yarde will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
The 21 year-old England winger has signed a two year contract with Harlequins.
He leaves a club that he joined at the age of 14 and went on to score 16 tries in 39 appearances for the club.
In a statement London Irish said: “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.
“However, the Club must also move on and proceed with our plans to build a team for the future.”
He joined the Senior Academy in 2010 after playing in the London Irish Amateurs Junior Section and EPDG programme.
The statement further continued: “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, progressing to being a valued member of the senior playing squad and ultimate achievement of International Honours.”
Yarde thanked the Exiles and said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.
“It’s easily the hardest decision in my rugby career but I would like to thank everyone at the Club who has helped me develop into the player I am today.
“I’d like to thank the Supporters for always supporting me and I wish the Club all the best for the future.”