Sharks lose Swiel to Harlequins
Cape Town - Sharks flyhalf Tim Swiel will
leave the Durban franchise to return to English club Harlequins on a full-time
The English-qualified 21-year-old joined
Harlequins in October last year on a four-month loan deal before returning to
the Sharks in February.
During his short time at The Stoop,
Somerset-born Swiel made 10 senior appearances across the Anglo-Welsh, English
Premiership and European Rugby Champions Cups.
Commenting on the announcement, Conor
O’Shea, Harlequins Director of Rugby, told the club’s official website:
"Tim made a real impact in incredibly trying circumstances whilst with us
on loan earlier in the season and we are delighted that the Sharks have granted
him his release to come back to us on a full-time basis. He is a young player
with a huge amount of potential and also someone who showed mentally that he is
able to cope with anything thrown at him.
“We are all looking forward to getting him
back here and working with him from next season."
Swiel said he was looking forward to
returning to England.
“It is with great excitement that I am
committing to Harlequins full-time. The decision wasn't a tricky one due to the
fact I had such a great time on my loan spell. The Harlequins setup and
supporter base is amazing and I can't wait to wear the quarters again.
“Quins have very good young players coming
through which bodes well for the future and I'm grateful to hopefully be part
of that legacy."