Edinburgh winger Tim Visser signs for Harlequins

Visser has scored 66 tries for Edinburgh. Pic: SNS
Visser has scored 66 tries for Edinburgh. Pic: SNS
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Edinburgh and Scotland rugby winger Tim Visser is to join English Premiership side Harlequins, it was confirmed today.

The Evening News revealed on March 2 that the London side were frontrunners to land the 18-times capped Dutchman, who qualifies for Scotland on residency.

He is the second winger to move from Edinburgh to‘Quins in the past week with under-18 cap Robbie Nairn signing an apprentice contract last Friday.

Visser, 27, who joined Edinburgh from Newcastle in 2009, said: “I am delighted to join a club with as much heritage as Harlequins. It’s a dream come true and I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and helping the club move forward.”

On his time at Edinburgh where he scored 66 tries from 122 appearances, he said: “A lot of people I started with have moved on over time – that naturally happens at any club – but I’ll particularly miss the likes of Roddy Grant and Ross Ford, who are still here.

“I’ll miss Edinburgh as a city – you take for granted how great a place it is to live. It has a ‘villagey’ feel and I think that will be hard to replicate.”

Three times the top try-scorer in the Celtic League which also elected him its “player of the year” in 2011-12, Visser’s finishing power was hailed by Conor O’Shea, Harlequins director of rugby, who said: “We are delighted to welcome Tim to the club. He is and always has been a finisher and, with the margins between winning and losing so small, players like Tim can be the difference. He is a great man, who is really driven to succeed. “

Visser made his Scotland debut in 2012 against Fiji and scored two tries. He has since gone on to play a further 17 Tests and score five more tries.