Jim Evans, the Harlequins 2nd row, is unfortunately having to retire from rugby following his latest shoulder injury.
Jim has been at Harlequins for 10 years and has been a stalwart of the club. In that time, he has represented England Saxons in 2007 and also played for England Under 21s. His reliability and loyalty to the club has made him an immensely popular player, both with his team mates and the fans at the Stoop.
Head Coach, John Kingston, said: "I have personally worked with him for 8 years and he has always given of his best and put the club first. He will be a sad loss on the field as he has the utmost respect from his fellow players".
Jim will continue to help on both a technical analysis and conditioning basis for the foreseeable future.
Jim Evans, said: "This is a very sad day for me bringing down the curtain on 10 great years at Harlequins. It was ironic that the day I was advised to hang up my boots was exactly to the day, the tenth anniversary, since signing my first professional contract with the club. I have had some incredible times at Quins from winning the Parker Pen cup in the last minute in Reading to beating Stade Francias in front of 80,000 in the Stade De France. I was also extremely privileged to represent my country for both the under 21's and Saxons in 2007.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team mates for their support as well as all of the backroom & medical staff at Quins. I would also like to thank John Kingston and Mark Evans for their continued understanding and kindness throughout my career. The club is unrecognisable from when I originally signed and I have no doubt it will go from strength to strength.
"I would also like to thank the fans. I look forward to mingling with you in the East Stand bar for many years to come!
"A final thank you goes to my family who have sacrificed so much and followed my career since I started playing rugby at Thurrock at the age of 6".
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.