Waters heading to Treviso
May 25, 2008
London Wasps long serving centre Fraser Waters will be leaving Wasps at the end of the season after signing a two-year contract to play for Italian side Treviso next year.
Waters, who signed his first professional contract with Wasps ten years ago, has gone on to make 217 senior appearances to date, scoring 201 points and winning all six club finals that he has played in the black in gold strip.
Despite only three England caps, Waters has developed into one of Wasps' key players, culminating in his Man of the Match Award in Wasps Heineken Cup Final win at Twickenham last May.
Said Waters on his decision: "I've always wanted to play abroad, and as the end of my career is not too far away I felt this was my last chance to take that opportunity.
"I wanted to go somewhere with an interesting culture and way of life, and I'm looking forward to the change in lifestyle and learning another language.
"It was also important to me to go to a club that will win things, and though Treviso haven't been a force in Europe, they are certainly a very competitive club in Italy.
"They are going well in the Italian league this year, and have an opportunity to qualify for Europe next season, so who knows - I could find myself running out against Wasps in the Heineken Cup next season!"
"The Wasps supporters have been brilliant over the years. The club have asked a lot of them - moving stadiums twice since I first played for Wasps - but the loyalty of our supporters has been outstanding, and it's great to see how things have built since we first arrived at Wycombe.
"I'd like to thank everyone who supports Wasps for their passion and commitment to the club and the players during my time at the club, and being asked to be President of the Supporters Club for the last season has been a true honour.
"Finally, can I thank everyone I have played with, the medical teams who have supported me through injury and got me back to fitness, and the coaches I have been lucky enough to work under in the last ten years. It has been a fantastic time, and Wasps will always hold a very big, very special place in my heart."
Director of Rugby, Ian McGeechan said, "Fraser Waters has been a cornerstone of London Wasps, our performance and success over the last ten years.
"He has been a fantastic servant of the club, and has helped to make the team what it is today.
"Fraser is going to Italy with our blessing, and on behalf of everyone at Wasps I wish him well in his Italian adventure!"
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