Harlequins have announced that Seb Stegmann will be released early from his contract so that he can join London Welsh with immediate effect.
The 23-year-old winger had already signed a two-year contract with London Welsh which was due to come into effect at the start of next season. However, having been approached by Lyn Jones, the club's Director of Rugby, requesting his early release, Harlequins felt it was in the best interests of the player's ongoing development that he got regular game time.
Hounslow-born Stegmann is a graduate of the Harlequins Academy. He has represented England at Under 16, 18 and 20 levels and has made 35 senior appearances for Harlequins and scored 11 tries.
"Given that Seb had already signed a two year deal with London Welsh for next season, once Lyn Jones approached us looking for his early release, we felt it was in the player's best interests to allow him to do so,' said Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea.
"The selfish and easy thing for us to do would be to keep Seb and I know how much he was looking forward to contributing to both the LV= Cup play-offs and our run in for the remainder of the season.
"However, with competition for places among our back three as keen as it is, we are comfortable we have made the right decision for club and player.
"Seb has shown great fight and application to come back from two years of injury problems and has contributed massively to us over these past two seasons," O'Shea continued,
"I know he will be missed and everyone at the club wishes him well. Seb is one of the young players that have grown up through our academy process and we will say our formal goodbyes to him as a club at the end of the season. The more he plays the better he will be and we all wish him well in this new phase of his career."
London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones said: "Seb is a good recruit for us; he'll add a lot of strength to our squad. I'm really looking forward to working with him.
"He is another successful product of the Harlequins Academy. He's had a very promising career up till now and will benefit from playing more games."