England lock and former Wasps captain Joe Launchbury has signed for Harlequins from subsequent season.
The 31-year-old, who not too long ago joined Toyota Verblitz in Japan after Wasps went into administration, will transfer to Quins in the summertime.
“I am trying ahead to my time in Japan for the remainder of this season however am very excited for the brand new begin with Harlequins,” he instructed the membership web site.
“With the model of rugby this squad performs – I do know it will likely be thrilling.”
Launchbury got here via the Harlequins academy as an adolescent earlier than becoming a member of Wasps and happening to make 170 appearances for the membership over 12 years earlier than they had been suspended from the Premiership final month.
“I’ve fond recollections of my time right here within the academy,” he added.
“I grew up enjoying with and towards a lot of the primary staff squad, so it has a considerably acquainted really feel to return again to Harlequins.”
Launchbury has gained 70 caps for England and was named their participant of the 12 months in 2012-13.
Harlequins head coach Tabai Matson believes he nonetheless has loads of rugby left in him.
“He is without doubt one of the finest English locks of his technology,” he mentioned.
“Joe’s a gentleman of the sport however is not any slouch in the case of essentially the most bodily a part of the game.
“We’re glad to have the ability to supply Joe his subsequent position in rugby alongside some acquainted faces.”