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Marland Yarde hoping to improve at Harlequins

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After a difficult season with injuries, England winger Marland Yarde is looking to bounce back with Harlequins and the 22-year-old believes he can help his new club succeed this season.

The St. Lucian born player is a growing talent, known for his brute force and quick pace, which he was able to display in the recent Test series against New Zealand.

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Having signed a two-year-deal with Harlequins, the winger should now be able to showcase his talents on the club stage once again after the frustrating season he had last season.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the youngster claimed this was a great move for him, mainly because he can learn from of England's best players on improving his game.

"A lot of the guys here are building the spine of the England team at the moment," said Yarde.

"I can learn from these guys as they have played at the top level for a long time now. It is not a bad place to be."

The England international has the talent, something he proved at London Irish, he just needs to have a solid run in the team to show why he was a great signing by Harlequins.

The 22-year-old is in contention for an England place in the 2015 World Cup, as he offered a unique style against the All Blacks, scoring twice and making it five tries in five appearances.

He'll have competition with the likes of Chris Ashton, Jonny May and new boy Jack Nowell, who impressed in the Six Nations, but there has always been strong competition for the role of wing.

Harlequins' future

Yarde's main focus is now on Harlequins after impressing on international duty, and his target is to help his team for the long-term success, as Quins' future goals look promising.

"There are some fantastic players here. There are young guys who have had exposure for Quins like Charlie Walker and Ollie Lindsay-Hague and are pressing claims. That can only be good for the long-term for the club," Yarde explained.

"Everyone is pretty excited about what the future holds and our goal is to be better than we have ever been before. We are going to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season."

Last season Connor O'Shea's men made it to the semi-finals of the Aviva Premiership after finishing fourth in the table, only losing out to runners-up Saracens 31-17.

But apart from the signing of Yarde, the London club have brought through five academy players, including England under 20 captain Jack Clifford.

This is good method that could pay off for Harlequins as the future looks bright, but it would be about how much game time these players get and how they develop as the seasons go on.

Yarde will be key source to Harlequins' success as the youngster could proclaim himself as a great signing and a key player for both club and country, the only concern is that injuries don't become a common occurrence.

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