It has been confirmed this morning that James Haskell will leave Wasps at the end of the season.
In a statement released by Wasps, the club has thanked Haskell for his tenure with the club. Haskell’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and the 75-times capped England back-row will be playing his club rugby elsewhere come September.
The club’s director of rugby Dai Young paid tribute to the 32-year-old England international’s service to the club.
“Hask goes back a long way with Wasps,” he said.
“Since starting in the academy as a teenager he has played around 200 games including a spell as club captain, which is a great achievement.
“I have no doubt whatsoever, given his character and loyalty to this club, that he will remain fully committed until the end of the current campaign.
“On behalf of everyone at Wasps I’d like to thank James for his efforts and wish him well for the future.”
In a recent report by The Times, it was understood that Haskell was keen to stay on with the Coventry based outfit but the club was unwilling to negotiate on a new contract, despite Haskell willing to take a cut in his salary.
It is understood that Haskell wants to play for England at the 2019 World Cup, so securing a move to another Premiership club will be one of his top priorities.
“I have had a fantastic career at Wasps and would like to think I have played a part in the club’s success over the years,” Haskell said.
“I am looking forward to the next phase of my career; I wish all the players and officials at Wasps all the best for the future and will give my usual 100 per cent for the rest of the season.”