Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Evans keen to resolve Quins future

Nick Evans was behind a stunning comeback by Harlequins against Wasps last weekend

Harlequins' in-demand fly-half Nick Evans wants a swift resolution to contract negotiations as he mulls over lucrative offers from clubs in France and Japan.

The former All Black's five-year spell at Twickenham Stoop is due to end next spring and Quins are eager to retain their most influential player. His value was underlined in last Saturday's 42-40 victory over Wasps, when he inspired a stunning revival upon his 100th Aviva Premiership appearance.

At 32 he knows his next contract is likely to be his final big pay-day, but hints he would like to remain with Quins if the terms are agreeable. "I'm no spring chicken, but I'd also love to stay. We'll have to wait and see what happens," he said.

"Both sides are in talks at the moment and it's something we want to organise early because that suits both parties.

"I've been away from New Zealand a while, but I do love London. I have a great time here and work really well with Quins. The company's awesome and we have a good time.

"I will not go back to New Zealand to play. I've had my time there. If I was to move, it would be to France or Japan."

Quins will resume their title defence against London Welsh on Friday night having spent the week addressing the defensive frailties that enabled Wasps to establish a 40-13 lead at Twickenham on Saturday.

Only the greatest comeback in Premiership history - spearheaded by a 22-point haul from man of the match Evans - rescued a seemingly impossible situation.

Welsh, meanwhile, marked their Premiership debut with a 38-18 defeat by Leicester last Sunday, underlining the challenge that lies ahead this season.

Evans, however, insists Quins have become a marked team and can ill-afford to show any complacency. "We won the title so every side will be gunning for us now," he said.

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