Australian wing Nick Malouf leaves Leicester Tigers.
Leicester Tigers wing Nick Malouf has announced his departure from the East Midlands club after two seasons in the Premiership. The 25-year-old will rejoin the Australian Sevens team.
The Olympic competitor left Australia after a lacklustre 2016 Rio campaign, venturing into the world of the XV-man code for the first time since leaving the school system as a backrower.
"Nick is a proven performer on the Sevens circuit and his experience in the UK will no doubt be beneficial to his maturity as a professional athlete," said Aussie Sevens coach Tim Walsh.
"His desire to return to the Sevens program after a very successful stint with Leicester shows the level of talent we are now attracting.
"The Sevens program is quickly becoming an attractive career choice for rugby players.
"Competitive salaries, world class competitions, international travel and the opportunity to compete at the world’s biggest sporting event, the Olympics."
Malouf said the two seasons spent with Leicester was an ambition he was happy tohave successfully achieved before having another crack at a gold medal.
"I’ve been lucky enough to have a fantastic year at Leicester, playing in the Premiership and against some of the top clubs in Europe," he said.
"It’s allowed me to tick off some personal goals in the 15 a-side game, look at rugby from a new perspective and learn so much from the coaching staff and boys in the team like Matty Toomua, Manu (Tuilagi) and Taity (Matthew Tait).
"The time was right to move back to Australia and with the results you’ve seen this year, I’m incredibly motivated to help contribute to the growth and success of the Sevens program over the next few years as the team builds towards Tokyo."