Ruaridh Jackson is to return to former club Glasgow Warriors, Harlequins have announced on Tuesday.
31-times capped Jackson joined the London-based side last July and made 19 appearances for them, scoring 78 points.
Bringing to an end a three-year absence from Scotland, the versatile 29-year-old, who can also slot in at 15, also spent two seasons with Premiership runners-up Wasps before moving to the Stoop.
Speaking about the move to the club’s official website, Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston said that the move was a ‘golden opportunity’ for Jackson to ‘further his international career’:
“The approach from Scotland was a golden opportunity for Ruaridh to further his international career following the recent summer tour.”
He also wished Jackson well and thanked him for his services to the club.
“He goes with our best wishes and I would like to thank him, on behalf of all at Harlequins, for his services provided during his time at the club.”
Jackson was an unused substitute in Scotland’s thrilling 24-19 win over Australia in June and started at full-back in their disappointing 27-22 defeat to Fiji the following week.
The creative pivot made his international debut against the All Blacks in New Zealand and played in the 2011 World Cup, making three appearances.
He will link up with new coach Dave Rennie at the club where he made his name.
These are exciting times for Scottish rugby: a highly-encouraging Six Nations campaign, an excellent win over Australia and a climb up the rankings to fifth place have all come in tandem with the announcement of a new semi-professional league, creating a real feel-good factor.
And after thanking Harlequins, Jackson expressed his excitement about returning to his homeland, with the opportunity to star in the revamped Pro14 something he is really looking forward to.
“My thanks go to everyone at Harlequins, I’m leaving with some great memories and friends; I wish them all the best for the coming season.
“The move back to Glasgow is a great chance for me to head back to play in a revamped Pro14 league. It is a step into both the known, and the unknown but I’m really excited for the challenge ahead.”
Hefin Jones, Pundit Arena
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