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Crusaders duo heading to London

Australians Michael Witt and Mark Bryant have become the latest Crusaders players to secure their futures after agreeing deals with Harlequins.

Stand-off Witt, 27, has signed a three-year contract, while prop forward Bryant, 30, who has been a virtual ever-present with the Welsh outfit during their three years in Super League, moves to London on a two-year deal.

They were left without a club for next year when Crusaders announced their shock decision to withdraw their Super League licence application.

Like Jason Chan (Huddersfield), Hep Cahill (Widnes) and Jarrod Sammut (Bradford), who have also secured new employers for next season, they have taken advantage of the Rugby Football League's decision to make them exempt from the overseas quota.

Witt, a former half-back with Parramatta, Manly and New Zealand Warriors in the NRL who signed a new three-year contract with Crusaders less than two months ago, will be a straight replacement at Harlequins for Bradford-bound Luke Gale.

"Michael will provide us with direction around the park," said Quins coach Rob Powell.

"He has fantastic kicking game and is a great footballer. It's exciting bringing him in and he will complement our existing quality playmakers.

"Mark is a top quality, experienced prop, having played in Grand Finals in Australia. He has been a consistent performer in Super League over the last three years and will bring us experience and leadership."

Meanwhile, Harlequins have denied making an offer to Castleford's out-of-contract forward Nick Fozzard, who claimed in Friday's Sun that he had lost out on a move to the Londoners because of the RFL's decision to free Crusaders' players from the overseas quota.

"Harlequins RL can categorically state that Fozzard has never been in our plans," the club said in a statement. "We have never spoken to him, nor made him an offer, a fact which has been confirmed by his agent."


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