REPORT | Winger rejects Leicester transfer in favour of London move

Following the departures of Adam Thompstone, Jonah Holmes and Jonny May, Leicester Tigers are hunting for a new wide-man ahead of the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership season.

Thompstone will be a free agent while Holmes and May will join Dragons and Gloucester respectively.

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🃏2011 ➡️ 2019 🃏 • • After 7 of the best years of my life followed by one of the toughest, I will be leaving Harlequins at the end of the season. Absolutely gutted to not make the 💯 club. However to have represented such a prestigious club 96 times and to score 44 tries, it has been an absolute honour. I would firstly like to thank the fans who have been there through the highs & lows, as well as the coaches and staff from both Surrey Sports Park & the Stoop. Secondly – a huge shout out to all the lads I’ve had the pleasure to play with, especially those who’ve been at the club since my day 1. You’ve made it a pleasure to come to work every day. Huge couple of weeks coming up which ill be putting everything into, lets go get it 🏆💥! #COYQ

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According to The Rugby Paper, they approached Leicester-born Charlie Walker, who will be out of contract with Zebre, about a possible move to Welford Road.

However, Walker, now 27, doesn’t want to be just a squad player and is instead primed to return to London and join Ealing Trailfinders as they continue to build. a squad capable of promotion.

Trailfinders, who finished runners-up behind Newcastle in this years cancelled Championship, have already added Gloucester’s Lewis Thiede and Leicester’s Guy Thompson for next season.

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Walker moved from the Leicester Tigers to Harlequins in 2011 after finishing his A-levels because he had grown unhappy with the Leicester Academy after they had wanted him to leave Oakham to join another closer Leicester school with official links to the Tiger’s Academy. 

The winger went onto play nearly 100 matches for Quins, scoring 217 points, before bowing out at the Londoners in 2019, and subsequently moved to Italy, signing for Zebre.

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