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'Personal reasons' force Paul Lasike to quit Harlequins

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins)

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USA midfielder Paul Lasike will quit Harlequins next month due to personal reasons, the reigning Gallagher Premiership champions granting the 31-year-old compassionate leave to be with his family in America following four seasons in England. He currently remains available for selection and will exit The Stoop in March following the completion of the Guinness Six Nations. 

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Lasike said: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to wear and represent the Harlequins jersey over the last four years. It’s been nothing short of a blessing for my family and I. To my teammates and brothers past and present, thank you! I’ll never forget the amazing experience of playing and supporting alongside you all. 

“To my coaches past and present, I have learned so much under your guidance. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play and for the support you have given my family and I.

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“To the physios, strength and conditioning coaches, and player support team, thank you for keeping me in one piece and for supporting me physically and mentally during my time here. To the Quins fans, you guys are awesome. Thank you for rocking The Stoop every single time.”

Harlequins director of rugby performance Billy Millard added: “It’s been a genuine pleasure to have Paul within the Harlequins family over the last four years.

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“The rugby public has come to know him for his powerhouse running as a centre but at the club, we have had the pleasure to know him as a great guy, family man and friend. It has been hugely enjoyable to work with him. We wish Paul and his growing family the absolute best as they return to Utah.”

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Lasike arrived in London ahead of the 2018/19 season from the Utah Warriors and has made 29 appearances over the last four campaigns, claiming five tries in a career that saw the New Zealand-born centre become a fan favourite. The 20-times-capped USA international and former Chicago Bears NFL player will now to re-join the Warriors for a second stint with the Utah club.

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