REPORT | Fresh twist in the transfer saga of Marcus Smith - Ruck

REPORT | Fresh twist in the transfer saga of Marcus Smith

Despite interest from Bath and Lyon, Mail Online are reporting that Harlequins have convinced Marcus Smith to sign a contract extension with the club.

The 21-year-old, who was set to be out of contract in the summer, was thought to be leaving Twickenham Stoop.

But Smith will now stay at Quins, having come through their academy, committing to the club who sacked Paul Gustard a fortnight ago. 

According to Midi Olympique, Smith turned down a big offer from Lyon last week, who have since turned their attentions to other targets including Munster’s JJ Hanrahan.

Smith, who was made the highest-paid teenager of all-time when he was handed a £230,000 per season contract in 2018, is thought to have almost doubled his salary.

Quins have used the money saved from letting Chris Ashton and Mike Brown, who is expected to join Newcastle Falcons, leave the club to fund the new contract for the 21-year-old.

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DID YOU KNOW? Born in the Philippines to a British father and a Filipina mother, Smith picked up the game of rugby union at the age of seven with Centaurs RFC when his family moved to Singapore


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