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Fly-half Demetri Catrakilis to join Harlequins next season

Montpellier fly-half Demetri Catrakilis will join Harlequins next season as the Londoners start ushering in long-term successors to Nick Evans.

South African Catrakilis will swap the Top 14 for the Aviva Premiership next term and will arrive at The Stoop also boasting Super Rugby experience with the Southern Kings and the Stormers.

Former All Blacks playmaker Evans has proved central to Quins' success since joining the club in 2008, but is already proving his evergreen status, now aged 36.

Quins already have Tim Swiel and Ruaridh Jackson on their books, and Catrakilis' arrival next term will further swell those fly-half options.

"I am absolutely delighted that we have signed Demetri for next season," said Harlequins rugby director John Kingston.

"The fly-half position is hugely influential in the game and Demetri has all the physical and mental attributes required to dominate at the highest level.

"Our ability to secure this signing already is a reflection of our commitment to focus hugely on Harlequins' recruitment needs for the future."

Born in South Africa with Cypriot heritage, Catrakilis' prolific goal-kicking proved central to Harlequins' pursuit of his signature.

The 27-year-old helped Montpellier to the French Top 14 semi-finals last term, and is determined to improve on that this season before joining Quins.

"I am very grateful for the opportunities I have received so far in my career to play for quality teams and I am very excited to continue on this trend next year with a prestigious club like Harlequins," said Catrakilis.

"For the present however I am focused on doing one better than last year for Montpellier and very much determined to give my all for the club and the fans before I join Harlequins.''

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