Tom Varndell’s brief flirtation with France is over after just six PRO D2 games with Soyaux Angoulême.
The English Premiership’s all-time record try-scorer had signed a two-year deal with the second tier French club last summer.
However, he has now quit for family reasons after just a half-dozen appearances, his last run coming in the November 30 home win over Colomiers.
The mid-table outfit had snapped up Varndell in the hope his star status as a proven finisher at Leicester, Wasps and Bristol would fire up their attempt to win a first-ever Top 14 promotion.
But he scored just once in Pro D2 and the club has agreed to release him from his contract even though they don’t have a replacement for him for the rest of the season.
Struggling Leicester, where Varndell scored 45 of the 92 tries that make him the Premiership’s all-time record try-scorer, could be his surprise next destination.
Varndell was a teammate of Geordan Murphy’s from 2004 to 2009 and the Tigers head coach is searching for short-term injury cover for the sidelined Telusa Veainu.
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