Thursday, 30th January 2020 @ 10:00
Hooker Joe Gray has returned to Harlequins, joining from Saracens, to add depth and experience to the squad currently heaped with injuries.
The 31-year-old, who has joined Harlequins on loan until the end of the 2019/20 season, was part of the Harlequins squad that won the Premiership title in 2012, having claimed the European Challenge Cup the previous year.
Following the successful 2011/12 season, Gray was given the chance to represent his country, touring South Africa with England and playing in two uncapped matches. In 2014 he earned a full international cap coming off the bench against New Zealand.
Upon re-joining Harlequins, the former Northampton Saints and Saracens hooker said: “Harlequins has always had such a special place in my heart and is where most of my special memories come from. When I heard there was an opportunity to come back, as they are struggling with injuries, Sarries were nice enough to release me to come and play some rugby. I am extremely excited to get back out there with a lot of close friends.”
Harlequins’ Head of Rugby Paul Gustard added: “Joe is a true Harlequin, having come through the Club and winning the Premiership back in 2012 and the Challenge Cup the year before. It is brilliant that we are able to bring him back to his club and we are extremely thankful to Saracens for working with us to allow this to happen.
“All of our senior hookers are injured currently, and we have been looking for some extended period of time to get some extra quality in to help us. We are of course delighted that we were able to bring Joe ‘back home’. It is very clear he is well loved at the Club by staff and players as his first team meeting back demonstrated.
“He is of course a top-quality player with strong set piece fundamentals and will be a great asset once more to the Club. He is an upbeat, great guy with strong positive energy which is awesome to be around and add to our group.”
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