Marland Yarde has signed for Sale Sharks with immediate effect, ending his tumultuous time at Harlequins.
The England winger, who has 13 caps, has penned a three-year deal at the Cheshire club after he fell out of favour at Quins and was seen as a disruptive influence.
Announcing the deal Quins director of rugby John Kingston said: 'He’s played really well for us this year but the decision for Harlequins to allow Marland to speak to Sale was made because I felt it was in the best interest of the club.
England international Marland Yarde has signed for Sale Sharks with immediate effect
'I’m building a positive environment and culture at Harlequins, on and off the field, which I believe will ultimately allow us to challenge for honours.' 'Marland is a top player and I have a great relationship with him. We have enjoyed working together over the last three years and I want to thank him for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.'
Yarde has missed three training sessions this season, giving no reasonable explanation for each, and was told last week by Kingston to find himself another club before his influence became poisonous.
Yarde has scored 27 tries in 81 matches for Quins since joining from London Irish on £250,000-a-year in 2014. In 2015 he extended that deal; it was due to run out in May next year.
But in recent months his position at the club has become untenable - seen at odds to the positive atmosphere Kingston was trying to create in South London.
So the boss decided himself to cut his losses and discard Yarde.
The winger has ended his tumultuous time at Harlequins after falling out of favour in the team
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