Tim Molenaar moves from Gloucester to Harlequins

Aviva Premiership Rugby Club Harlequins have signed Tim Molenaar until the end of the season after he was released from his contract with Gloucester.

New Zealand born Molenaar, who is recognised as a hard running, physical centre, joins the London club from Gloucester where he made 75 first team appearances and scored 10 tries in the past four seasons.

Prior to his time at the “Cherry and Whites’ Molenaar played in over 100 league games for Nottingham from January 2005 onwards.

Commenting on the signing, Harlequins Director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea said, “Given our injury situation and the time of the season, we are very fortunate to sign a player of Tim’s experience. We are looking forward to welcoming him to the Harlequins family.’

The 32 year old, New Zealand born centre joined Gloucester Rugby from Championship side Nottingham in the summer of 2009, and has gone on to make more than 70 appearances in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.

However, first team outings have been fleeting in recent times, Molenaar last starting against Worcester back in February.

An opportunity has now presented itself for Molenaar to link up with Harlequins, and he went straight into their A League side on Monday evening.

Director of Rugby Nigel Davies explained that the chance to play more rugby was the main reason behind Molenaar’s departure.

“Tim has been a popular member of the squad in his time here and, even though he has not had many chances in the first team recently, has been a good professional.

“With Harlequins having some injuries in their squad, there is a chance for Tim to get some more playing time at the Stoop, so we have agreed to release him.

“We would like to think him for all his efforts over the past four seasons and wish him all the best for the future.’

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