Welsh sevens star Jason Harries has joined London Scottish hoping to take the exiles one step further into the Aviva Premiership.

The 26-year-old back, who can play centre or wing, has joined the Athletic Ground outfit after three years on the IRB Sevens circuit.

Harries has spent the majority of his club career at Welsh Premiership outfit Carmarthen Quins, where he came through the junior ranks.

The former Wales U18s and 20s international helped Carmarthen Quins reach the Swalec Cup final for the first time in 2010 – where they were beaten by near neighbours Llanelli.

Harries has earned a reputation as one of the most consistent performers in the Welsh Premiership, with Carmarthen regularly competing for a top three play-off place in his time there.

London Scottish finished last season as losing semi-finalists in the Championship play-offs, going down 65-37 over two legs.

Harries said: “London Scottish did really well to make the play-offs last year. Hopefully we can go one step further next season and make the play-off final.

“Playing for Wales on the Sevens circuit was a fantastic experience, but I needed a new challenge and London Scottish is the right move for me.”

He added: “My time at Carmarthen Quins was memorable and I cannot thank the club enough for developing me as a player before I made my first team debut for them when I was just 17.”

Exiles head coach, Peter Richards, said: “I think James is a real find and will provide great competition in areas which we needed to strengthen.

“He is a hugely versatile back, a big rangy guy who carries the ball well.”