Yorkshire Carnegie hooker Mike Mayhew has joined Aviva Premiership side Harlequins on a three month loan deal with immediate effect.

Mayhew, who grabbed a hat trick in the win over Bedford on Sunday at Headingley, will join up with his new team ahead of this weekend’s Anglo Welsh Cup game at Saracens.

Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston said: “Both Rob Buchanan and Joe Gray have recently had operations and will be out for a short while. With that in mind, we needed to identify someone who provided the necessary experience to come into the group for the next few months. Mike delivers exactly that. He is a dynamic, physical player who will suit our style of rugby.

“I know he is highly energised at the opportunity which has presented itself and I am sure he will make a significant contribution to the group in the time he is here.”

Mike’s younger brother Nic, previously played at Harlequins.

Yorkshire Carnegie Head of Rugby Operations Chris Gibson commented, “With Joe Buckle back available and youngster Harry Newborn having impressed in the British & Irish Cup, we have opted to allow Mike to join Quins with an opportunity for him to show his worth in the Premiership. We are always looking to strengthen the playing group when opportunities arise and we are working on a number of possibilities once the Premiership clubs have more flexibility with their squads after the A League and Autumn Internationals have been completed.”