Just 24 hours after Wasps confirmed that Kurtley Beale would be leaving the club at the end of the season, the 28-year-old has already lined up a club for next season.
The back has signed a two-year deal to return to Waratahs, less than a year after leaving them to join the Premiership side.
The Super Rugby side confirmed the news early on Thursday, bringing an end to weeks of speculation and rumours.
— NSW Waratahs (@NSWWaratahs) March 10, 2017
Speaking on his return to New South Wales, Beale explained his reasons for returning home, revealing that his future with the Australian national side had a big bearing on his decision, while also taking another opportunity to thank Wasps in addition to his statement on Thursday:
“It’s great to be heading back to Australian Rugby. I’m really looking forward to getting back home to the NSW Waratahs but also hopefully pull on the Gold jersey later this year as well.”
“I think the best place for me and my rugby right now is in Australia and I love what Cheik (Michael Cheika) is doing with the Wallabies.
“l have to say thank you to Wasps though, for the opportunity they have given me and my partner and I have learned a lot about rugby and myself. It’s been a great experience.”
Speculation had been rife regarding Beale’s future almost from the moment he set foot in the Ricoh Arena that his stay would be brief, so it was no surprise when Wasps confirmed on Thursday that the utility player would be moving on at the end of the season.
He returns to familiar territory, having made over 100 appearances for the Waratahs in two previous stints.
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