Aviva Premiership: Harlequins confirm Tim Visser from Edinburgh

Scotland winger becomes the latest player to secure employment south of the border after six seasons in the Scottish capital

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Tim Visser shows off his new jersey ahead of summer move to Harlequins Photo: Harlequins

Harlequins have confirmed that winger Tim Visser will join the club from Edinburgh Rugby in the summer.

It will be a return to the Aviva Premiership for the 27-year-old Scotland international, who spent four years with Newcastle Falcons.

It’s a dream come true, and I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and helping the club move forward.

Tim Visser on his summer move to Harlequins from Edinburgh

He topped the Guinness PRO12 try-scoring charts in his first four seasons with the Gunners, but injuries last season limited him to four tries in nine appearances, while he has only managed five tries from 14 league starts this season.

Despite the drop in form, Visser remains the PRO12’s deadliest winger with 57 tries from 95 appearances for Edinburgh – only Ireland winger Tommy Bowe (59) has scored more albeit from 142 appearances for the Ospreys and Ulster, while Wales legend Shane Williams managed just 34 tries in 92 appearances during his illustrious career with the Ospreys.

“I am delighted to join a club with as much heritage as Harlequins,” Visser said.

“It’s a dream come true, and I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and helping the club move forward.”

Visser’s rugby career began in the Netherlands, where he was spotted playing sevens rugby in Amsterdam.

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.

Conor O’Shea on Scotland international winger Tim Visser

He joined the Newcastle Falcons academy in 2005 as a teenager and made 57 appearances for the Kingston Park outfit, with a brief loan spell at Northampton Saints at the start of 2007/08, before heading up the A1 to the Scottish capital to join Edinburgh in 2009.

In his first season for the Gunners, Visser was named as the club’s young player of the season and his continued impressive performances saw him pick up the player of the season award in for 2011/12 and he scored two tries for the Barbarians against England at Twickenham in 2011.

On completing a three-year residency, he became eligible for Scotland in 2012, and made a try-scoring international debut for the Dark Blues against Fiji in Lautoka that summer, and has scored seven tries in 17 international appearances.

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea believes that a player with Visser’s deadly finishing abilities will help the club to push for success again.

“We are delighted to welcome Tim to the club,” O’Shea said.

“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.”

Visser is Harlequins’ third confirmed signing for next season, following the news last week that veteran tighthead prop Adam Jones will join from Cardiff Blues.

Former Australia captain James Horwill will also head to The Stoop from Queensland Reds.

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