The Welsh regional regeneration continues as it has today been announced that another name is to be added to the long list of welsh internationals in fluxing back into the Welsh domestic game, that name; Bradley Davies.
The second row is now poised to join the Ospreys in a deal that will span from next season up until the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Having spent nine years at the Cardiff Blues early-on in his career, Davies moved to the Wasps in 2014 and has been at the heart of Wasps’ superb season. He will be very much involved in next weekend’s do-or-die Aviva Premiership semi-final before he joins up with the Welsh national side later in the month in preparation for their daunting three test series against the mighty All Blacks.
Speaking to the media Davies has said that he is more than happy with a return to the principality:
“I’m really pleased to have signed a National Dual Contract and to be linking up with the Ospreys. I would like to thank Wasps for the last couple of years, I have really enjoyed my time at the club and I’m looking to finish on a high over the next couple of weekends.
“For me though the opportunity to return to Wales on NDC was too good to turn down, the contracts focus on getting the best out of the players and provides support on and off the field and that is really important.
“I’m excited to be joining the Ospreys, it will be a fresh start for me, the region has big ambitions and I want to play a part in that. It will be great to team up with the likes of Alun Wyn and the wealth of young Welsh second rows at the region. I’m not returning to Wales to retire, I want to push on and the NDC and the Ospreys allow me to do that.”
Davies’ decision can be viewed as another positive to have arisen from the implementation of the National Dual Contracts as players are now much more enticed to return and ply their trade there from a financial and welfare viewpoint with Lions Jonathan Davies and Dan Lydiate already signing on for a NDC.
“This is an exciting and important announcement for Welsh rugby that is going to benefit the future of our game at both national and regional level,” said WRU Group chief executive Martyn Phillips.
“It is vital we retain our best talent in Wales but equally the ability to attract players back here is important for the game both on and off the field.
“Together with the Regions we are creating an environment that is attracting players back and it is great to see Bradley returning and join players such as Jonathan Davies and Dan Lydiate who have returned to the Welsh game.”
It would appear that the long term benefits sought after by incorporating the NDC’s are starting to be pulled into motion as these big name signings by the Welsh regions can only bode well for the country, not only in allowing the WRU to monitor it’s players more effectively but also in making Wales are more attractable location to play rugby.
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