Marcus Smith drops huge hint over his future with one-year left on his Harlequins contract - Ruck

Marcus Smith drops huge hint over his future with one-year left on his Harlequins contract

England’s dynamic fly-half, Marcus Smith, previously settled the swirling speculation over his future by signing a new contract with Harlequins ahead of the upcoming 2023/24 season.

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Yet, with only a year now remaining on his deal, Smith faces another pivotal decision before his contract expires in 2025.

The 25-year-old had previously been linked with a potential move to Racing 92 as a replacement for Finn Russell, who joined Bath last summer. Notably, his former England teammate, Owen Farrell, has opted for a venture to the French capital instead, agreeing a two-year deal with the Parisians.

However, Smith’s commitment to Harlequins appears steadfast, buoyed by his significant role within the England setup under the guidance of Steve Borthwick. His recent sentiments hint strongly at a prolonged stay at Twickenham Stoop.

“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,” remarked Smith, emphasising his deep-rooted connection to Harlequins.

With aspirations to challenge for titles and craft enduring memories for the supporters, Smith’s sentiments underscore his dedication to the club’s cause.

“We have unfinished business, we want to challenge for titles and create more memories for our supporters,” he added, echoing his commitment to Harlequins’ ambitions.

Furthermore, Smith acknowledged the profound influence of his journey through the club’s ranks, from the academy to the senior squad.

“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,”

Amidst the financial landscape, the introduction of central contracts by the RFU is poised to bolster Smith’s earnings, aligning them more closely with the remuneration levels in the prestigious Top 14 league.

Highest-paid rugby player:

The recent disclosure of the earnings of some of rugby’s most prominent figures illuminates the lucrative landscape at the pinnacle of the sport.

As reported by Wales Online, let’s delve deeper into the earnings of today’s highest-paid rugby players.

Siya Kolisi (South Africa) – £800,000

Siya Kolisi, the inspirational Springbok captain, has enjoyed considerable success both on and off the field. His reported salary of £800,000 at Racing 92 reflects his value to the team and his standing as one of the sport’s most influential figures.

Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade De France, Paris on 29 October 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

Maro Itoje (England) – £800,000

Maro Itoje, the towering English lock, has been the subject of considerable speculation regarding his future earnings. While his reported salary of £800,000 with Saracens is impressive, potential hybrid deals with the RFU could see his income increase even further, highlighting his importance to both club and country.

Maro Itoje of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)