Saracens finally announce deal to sign Elliot Daly from Wasps

Saracens finally announce deal to sign Elliot Daly from Wasps next season as champions push wage bill to the limit

  • Elliot Daly will join English champions Saracens from Wasps next season
  • The 26-year-old England star has signed a contract with Saracens until 2022
  • Daly’s arrival at Allianz Park will see the club push their wage bill to the limit

Elliot Daly was finally announced as a Saracens player on Tuesday, ending months of speculation about the England star’s move back to London.

As Sportsmail reported in December Daly, 26, will join the English champions next season from Wasps.

The Lion has signed a contract until 2022, joining a team packed with England players including Billy and Mako Vunipola, Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell and Jamie George — who Daly is good friends with — as Saracens push their wage bill to the limit.

England star Elliot Daly will join English champions Saracens from Wasps next season

England star Elliot Daly will join English champions Saracens from Wasps next season

Saracens tweeted out this image to announce the 26-year-old's arrival on Tuesday evening

Saracens tweeted out this image to announce the 26-year-old’s arrival on Tuesday evening

Croydon-born Daly, who has 26 England and three Lions caps, said: ‘At 26, I believe it is the right time in my career to explore a fresh challenge and the opportunity to do that with Saracens really excites me.

‘It’s a fantastic club which has had a lot of success in recent seasons and that’s something that I want to be a part of.

‘I’ve played with a few of the lads for England and the Lions, as well as enjoyed battles against them in the Premiership, and I’m looking forward to calling them club team-mates from next season.’

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall added: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming Elliot to the club next season.

Daly triggered a release clause in his Wasps contract ahead of a move to Allianz Park

Daly triggered a release clause in his Wasps contract ahead of a move to Allianz Park

Daly, pictured in action for England against Ireland, will leave Wasps at the end of the season

Daly, pictured in action for England against Ireland, will leave Wasps at the end of the season

‘He’s a talented player and at 26, his best years are ahead of him. Everyone at Saracens is excited to see him fulfil his potential with us.’

Meanwhile, Harlequins were fined £6,239.50 by Premiership Rugby on Tuesday having overrun their salary cap limit in the 2017-18 season by £12,479.

The Londoners had to pay 50 pence per £1 they overspent. The club cited a ‘systems error’ which has now been addressed.

‘There is no suggestion that the overrun was deliberate and this should therefore not be referred to as a breach of the Salary Cap regulations,’ said a Premiership Rugby spokesperson.

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