Rotherham Titans have confirmed that one of their top forwards, 23-year-old Alex Rieder, is leaving the Clifton Lane side to join Premiership club Wasps.
Rieder has been at the Titans for three seasons and has developed into one of the most feared forwards in the Championship. In the last two years, he has played a major role in taking Rotherham to two promotion play-off semi-finals after the club twice ended the league campaign in the top four.
The back row star made his Rotherham debut in September 2012 and in all competitions has made more than 80 games, scoring 10 tries.
At the end of last season, Rieder was picked by the Titans’ fans as their player of the year and he was also selected for the Championship Dream XV.
“I’m sad to be leaving after three happy and successful years and I owe everything to Rotherham,” Rieder said.
“I’ve always wanted to test myself in the Premiership and as a professional you want to play at the top level.
“This is an opportunity to prove myself and I know it’s going to be difficult because Wasps have, arguably, the best back row in the Premiership.
“The last two seasons have been great for me.
“I think I have proved myself in the Championship and now I hope the opportunity will arise to show what I can do in the Premiership. I’ll have to knuckle down and learn.”
The Titans have lined up a replacement flanker who will be unveiled soon.