Wasps star Christian Wade explains decision to quit rugby in bid make it in NFL

CHRISTIAN WADE says quitting Wasps to crack it in the NFL was the toughest decision of his life.

The Premiership pocket-rocket shocked rugby last week as it emerged he was off to make it as an American Footballer.

Christian Wade is gambling with his sporting future by swapping rugby for an NFL bid

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Christian Wade is gambling with his future by swapping rugby for an NFL bid

But the winger, who is third in the Prem’s all-time top scorers, wasn’t allowed to leave without a fight as his club tried to convince him to stay.

One-capped England wonder Wade, 27, said: “After playing nine years of professional sport for Wasps, I’ve decided to leave for personal reasons.

“I would like to thank Wasps Chairman Derek Richardson and Dai Young for their support, consideration and understanding in what is the most difficult decision of my life.

“I have loved the sport since I was introduced to it at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.

Christian Wade is the third-highest scorer ever in Premiership history

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Wasps star Christian Wade is the third-highest scorer ever in Premiership history

Wasps have been the only club in the seven-year career of wing Christian Wade

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Wasps have been the only club in the seven-year career of wing Christian Wade

“I would therefore like to thank everyone who has played a part in shaping my career.

“Rugby has privileged and honoured me with so many wonderful memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

“Finally, I want to thank my Wasps family: the club, my team mates and especially the fans – you have always been superb to me.

“I wish everyone here all the very best for the future.”

Christian Wade has stunned and disappointed Wasps by testing his fortune in NFL

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Christian Wade has stunned and disappointed Wasps by testing his fortune in NFL

Shell-shocked Wasps boss Young added: “It’s very disappointing to lose a player of Wadey’s quality at this stage of the season.

“The club held numerous discussions with him to try and convince him to keep pushing forward with Wasps, but in the end it was clear this is the path he wished to go down.

“The club nevertheless wants to wish him all the best with his future career path and put on record our thanks for the contribution Christian has made to Wasps Rugby.”

CHRISTIAN WADE says quitting Wasps to crack it in the NFL was the toughest decision of his life.