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Leigh Halfpenny Has Finalised His Return To Wales

LEDBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Leigh Halfpenny, a Land Rover ambassador, looks on during a day of off road driving with Land Rover at Eastnor Castle on May 3, 2017 in Ledbury, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for Land Rover)

The long-winded Leigh Halfpenny saga is officially over.

The Welsh international has signed a three-year dual contract at Scarlets and the WRU, bringing to an end months of speculation over the back’s future.

Speculation regarding Halfpenny’s next career move had been rife for months, dating back to his proposed return to Cardiff Blues after three years with Toulon in France’s Top 14. However, a move back to Cardiff broke down due to a dispute over contract length, and when Toulon also decided not to offer him a contract extension, he was left in limbo.

The door back to Wales appeared to be closed to him after all four Welsh regions seemed to distance themselves from him – however, Scarlets have been to work out a deal with him and he now moves to Llanelli.

RC Toulon's Welsh full-back Leigh Halfpenny attempts to kick a penalty during the European Champions Cup rugby union pool 3 match between Scarlets and Toulon at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli, south west Wales, on December 18, 2016. / AFP / Geoff CADDICK        (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)

The 28-year-old is quoted as saying:

“I’m delighted to be coming back to play in Wales.”

“I would like to thank the Scarlets and the WRU for giving me the opportunity to sign a National Dual Contract and I can’t wait to get started.”

Halfpenny has joined the reigning Pro12 champions in time to begin their defence of the trophy and in doing so brings the curtain down on one of the biggest rugby sagas of the summer.

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