Wales international George North is reportedly on the verge of announcing which region he’ll be playing for next season.
North’s future has been the subject of fevered speculation since it was confirmed that he would be leaving Northampton Saints to return to his homeland on a dual contract with the WRU. According to Wales Online, the British and Irish Lion is set to announce Ospreys as his next club.
The Welsh regions have been competing with each other for his services over the past few months (with the exception of his former club Scarlets, who
North left Scarlets in 2013 to join Northampton, going on to make over 100 appearances for the Premiership side. Under the terms of his new national dual contract, the WRU will be funding 60% of his deal with remainder coming from the region he decides to join.
North would undoubtedly be a strong asset to the Ospreys backline, as they look to move on from a turbulent campaign that saw them part company with coach Steve Tandy. They have also failed to qualify from the pool stage of the Champions Cup since 2010, a pattern that they will be looking to arrest in their bid to establish themselves as a force in Welsh and European rugby.