Sharks lose Swiel to Harlequins

    2015-04-08 13:18

    Cape Town - Sharks flyhalf Tim Swiel will leave the Durban franchise to return to English club Harlequins on a full-time basis.

    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."

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