BREAKING: Harlequins Fly Half Marcus Smith Puts an End to Transfer Speculation - Ruck

BREAKING: Harlequins Fly Half Marcus Smith Puts an End to Transfer Speculation

Harlequins have confirmed that England and British & Irish Lions fly-half Marcus Smith, has signed a contract extension to stay at the Twickenham Stoop. Smith is set to remain in the famous Quins quarters beyond the 2023/24 Premiership season.

Marcus Smith of Harlequins looks dejected after losing during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins at Sandy Park on 25th September 2022. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

This comes as a relief to Harlequins fans, following speculation that the 24-year-old was departing the club. Transfer speculation has been high, with expectations that Smith could well follow his England teammates Jack Willis and Henry Arundell with a deal in the French Top 14.

Commenting on his new contract, Smith said: “I love the Club, it’s been my home since the age of 14 and I want to repay the faith shown in me and help Quins win trophies. We have unfinished business, we want to challenge for titles and create more memories for our supporters.

Marcus Smith of England lining up ready to kick a penalty during the Six Nations Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on the 12th March 2022 – PHOTO: George Tewkesbury/PPAUK

“The Club has always been a very special place for me and my family. Working my way through the Academy and into the senior squad has been a great experience and I have loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to pull on the Quarters next season and run out at The Stoop.”

Harlequins Director of Rugby Billy Millard added: “We’re delighted Marcus has extended his contract. He is a key member of our squad who displays outstanding commitment to his training and game development. We’re looking forward to the impact Marcus will have in Quins colours next season and beyond.”

Marcus Smith of England during the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 11th March 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.

Smith has achieved 140 Quins appearances and racked up a points tally of 1,287 since his senior debut in 2017/18. His prolific career to date has featured numerous accolades, including the famous comeback against Exeter Chiefs in the 2020/21 title winning season. Smith finished as the Premiership’s top point-scorer with 278 points, helping Quins clinch the Gallagher Premiership Final with a 40-38 win.

A Brighton College graduate, Smith grew up in Singapore before moving to the UK at the age of 13. He enjoyed age-grade honours with England U17, U18 and U20, before earning his senior debut against the USA in 2021. A week later he was called up to the British & Irish Lions squad and kicked all seven conversions in the tour match against the DHL Stormers.

Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 2 caps) during England Rugby training session at The Lensbury Hotel, Teddington, London on 28 Sept 2021. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Smith has since achieved 21 caps for England, scoring 152 points. Following another impressive 2022/23 season for Quins, which saw the fly-half reach 1,000 Premiership points, Smith has been selected in Steve Borthwick’s 2023 Rugby World Cup training squad.

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6. Marcus Smith (Leicester Tigers) – £640,000

Smith’s contract, initially set to end after the 2023/24 season, has been extended with a new “multi-year” agreement. This contract is believed to span at least two years, with an additional “plus one” option, ensuring that Smith will remain in the Premiership throughout the next World Cup cycle.

Known for his electrifying skills, Smith played a pivotal role in leading Harlequins to the Premiership title in 2021, a feat that earned him a call-up to the Lions for their tour of South Africa.

Try Celebrations for Marcus Smith of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

5. Antoine Dupont (Toulouse) – £700,000

The Les Bleus’ talisman is undoubtedly leading one of the most exciting teams on the international stage, all while helping to change the perception of the sport.

Antoine Dupont of France during the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 11th March 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.