ON Saturday evening it was confirmed that Harlequins' long-standing legendary full-back Mike Brown will leave the club at the end of the 2020/21 season to join Premiership rivals Newcastle Falcons.

Brown, capped 72 times for England, made his debut for Quins 17 years ago and currently holds the club's all-time appearance record with 348 games to his name. He's scored 98 tries during that time.

Reports suggest that Brown was forced out of the club and was left in tears following a four-minute discussion with the club that revealed his contract would not be renewed. He has been quoted as saying he was desperate to see out his career with his beloved Harlequins.

The departure seemed strange at the time given how well the 35-year old is playing this season in a Quins side that currently occupy the fourth remaining play-off spot in the Gallagher Premiership.

Quins now are a full-back light and will only have two other senior players in that position within the squad: Aaron Morris and Ross Chisholm.

It was reported by The Rugby Paper a few weeks back that they were looking to bring Worcester's Nick David to The Stoop and with this news about Brown, you can see why it now makes sense.

David is second in the league for most metres gained and he has shone as the brightest star in a season where there has been a lot of doom and gloom at Sixways.

David has played wing mainly this season but his preferred position is full-back and that added versatility makes him a hot prospect for any side in the league looking to recruit for the future.

At 22 he is still young, which also adds value but given his performances in a Warriors shirt this season, he is already showing he can mix it with the very best in this league and Warriors will surely be trying to tie him down to a new contract, with his current one running out this summer.

It would be a huge blow to the club and supporters alike if David was to move on, but he looks capable of one day going on to earn international honours and there seems to be a lot to like about Harlequins, on field at least, right now.

Quins' fans would have every reason to be delighted with this one but it would be a hammer blow for Warriors.