Kurtley Beale was one of Wasps’ high profile summer signings.
When Wasps announced the signing of Kurtley Beale, fans of the Coventry based club salivated over the idea of seeing the Wallaby international line up alongside the likes of Danny Cipriani, Willie le Roux and Elliot Daly.
However it now appears the Beale could be about to leave Wasps sooner than expected, after Fox Sports this morning claimed that the utility back has a clause in his contract allowing him return to Australia after just one season in England.
Not only that, but Fox believe that the Waratahs are holding out for Beale’s return mid-way through next year’s Super Rugby season.
Worryingly for Wasps, the player himself hinted at such a possibility, telling Fox that he wanted to return in the future.
I definitely haven’t closed the book on Australian rugby.
I still think that I’ve got a lot to give to the game in Australia. I really mean that and I really want to leave on a good mark’.
Indeed, when he was pressed on the matter, Beale didn’t commit to either Wasps or Australia.
Obviously that would be a nice opportunity, but I think the main thing for me is to settle in, see where I fit in and what I actually need to do to actually get myself in the best shape.
There’s a lot of hard work there and there’s a long time to actually get my body right, so that’s my main focus and we’ll worry about that other stuff a bit later down the track.
Such a development will no doubt frustrate Wasps fans, who will have to wait until November before seeing Beale in action, after the 60 times capped Australian international ruptured his patella tendon in May.
According to The Guardian, Beale signed one of the most lucrative contracts in Premiership history, believed to be worth £700,000 per year.
Nevertheless, given the state in which Australian rugby now finds itself, the ARU might be tempted to make Beale a sizable offer and return him to the Waratahs.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena