Harlequins sign Scotland winger Tim Visser

Tim Visser has been recalled to the Scotland starting line up

Aviva Premiership Rugby club Harlequins have signed Scotland winger Tim Visser from Pro 12 Rugby club Edinburgh for next season.

The 6ft 4in Dutch-born winger Visser has been with Edinburgh Rugby for six years after joining the Scottish club from Newcastle Falcons in May 2009.

Visser has been the Pro 12’s leading try scorer for the past four seasons and in his first season for Edinburgh he was named Young Player of the Season and backed that up with a Player of the Season Award in the 2011/12 season.

Twenty-seven-year-old Visser made his international debut for Scotland in 2012 against Fiji and scored two tries and has gone on to win a a further 16 caps.

He also represented the Barbarians against England in 2011 in a match played at Twickenham Stadium.

In a career that started in his birth country, the Netherlands, Visser signed for Newcastle Falcons following an impressive performance playing sevens in Amsterdam. He then spent time on loan at Northampton Saints before signing for current club Edinburgh in 2009.

On making the announcement Tim commented,”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.”

Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O’Shea added: “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.

“We are looking forward to welcoming him to Harlequins next season.”

Hailing from a rugby background – his dad, Marc, has 67 caps for Holland and brother Sep joined him at Edinburgh for a period – Visser was ‘spotted’ by Newcastle whilst in action at the Amsterdam 7s and promptly signed to the club’s academy.

True to the form he was to display over the next few years, he scored the winning try for the Falcons, on his debut against Worcester in September 2006, before making the move north of the border just under three years later.

Acknowledging the Edinburgh support over the last six years he said: “I’m really grateful for their encouragement and for the supporters to accept me as one of their own.”

In addition to the league accolades previously mentioned, Visser rates further high points of his time in Edinburgh as: “Getting to the Heineken Cup semi final, in 2012, and making my Scotland debut have been massive. More recently, the 1872 Cup win was a huge highlight.”

With 122 caps for Edinburgh – a massive 119 of these in the starting XV – and 330 points from 66 tries during his time with the club – he admits continuing his career outwith the Scottish capital will be a challenge.

Visser will join Aviva Premiership side Harlequins at the end of the season. Everyone at Edinburgh Rugby wishes him and Laura the very best for the future and he travels with our thanks for his outstanding service to club over the last six years.

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