Harlequins sign Samoa international centre Winston Stanley
Last Updated: 23/04/15 2:46pm
Harlequins have signed Samoa international centre Winston Stanley in a deal which will see the 26-year-old join the club from next season.
Stanley, who was born in Australia, started his career at Auckland and joined Super Rugby side The Blues in 2009.
He returned to Australia in 2012 when he joined Western Force before moving back to New Zealand to play for the Highlanders in 2014.
Stanley, the youngest brother of All Black Benson Stanley and cousin to Samoa international Michael, won the U20 Junior World Cup with New Zealand in 2009 and was shortlisted for young player of the year.
In 2014, the aggressive centre and dangerous ball carrier declared his international career with Manu Samoa.
He scored the match-winning try on his debut against Canada and made his second international appearance against Italy before missing the Test match against England at Twickenham through injury.
Stanley said: "I'm thrilled to be joining a quality club with such a proud and long rugby history as Harlequins.
“Having played in the Super Rugby competition previously, the chance to now join Quins was something I am very keen to do. The club is very well respected and I am elated to have the chance to contribute, and play alongside world class players."
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea said: "Winston is a classic case of a player who does the simple things well.“He is equally adept at 12 or 13 and, with the amount we play with ball in hand, having players in our squad that have Winston's ability ensures we will be better placed to compete on all fronts. We are looking forward to having him on board.”