Wasps winger, Christian Wade has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect amid reports that he is pursuing a move to the NFL.
In a statement the club said that they were “disappointed” with the news, adding that “numerous discussions” were held to try and convince the player to stay.
🐝 Club Statement – Christian Wade
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) October 24, 2018
Despite being the third most prolific try-scorer in Premiership history, Wade was omitted from Eddie Jones’ squad for the Autumn Internationals last week.
Although his move to the NFL is yet to be confirmed, he is expected to follow the league’s International Player Pathway Programme.
Wade described the decision as the most difficult one of his life.
“After playing nine years of professional sport for Wasps, I’ve decided to leave for personal reasons.
“I would like to thank Wasps Chairman Derek Richardson and Dai for their support, consideration and understanding in what is the most difficult decision of my life.
“I have loved the sport since I was introduced to it at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. I would, therefore, like to thank everyone who has played a part in shaping my career.
“Rugby has privileged and honoured me with so many wonderful memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
“Finally, I want to thank my Wasps family: the Club, my teammates and especially the fans – you have always been superb to me.
“I wish everyone here all the very best for the future.”