Inverness-born back-row forward Jade Konkel is relishing her move to English top-flight side Harlequins ladies.
Konkel, who has 32 caps for Scotland, has joined the Surrey-based club after a year-long stint with French outfit Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois.
The 24-year-old, who became Scotland’s first full-time professional women’s rugby player in 2016, was earlier this summer named as one of eight contracted players to receive financial support from Scottish Rugby, with the target of qualifying for the 2021 World Cup.
Konkel is excited by her move to Quins, who play in the Premier 15s league, and she said: “I’m really looking forward to it, it looks really fast-paced, skillful and physical. I’m excited to be here and be a part of it all.
“Harlequins has got so many great players, and I think I’m going to learn a lot from and each and every one.
“Hopefully I will be able to bring something to it as well, but I’m excited to learn and develop and have a great time this season.”
Konkel is recovering from a shoulder injury, but insists she is on the road to recovery. She added: “Rehab is going really well. I’ve just got to take each day as it comes.
“It comes with the sport and playing hard territory. If I keep hitting the markers each day, hopefully I will be back in full fitness soon.”
Konkel’s move will see her reunite with Quins coach Karen Findlay, adding: “Karen was my first every Scotland coach – she brought me up into the senior squad when I was 18. I can understand her and I love the whole physicality and mentality side she brings.
“I’m really excited to be back and learn a lot more from her.”