Welsh international Leigh Halfpenny is finding that his options are narrowing fast after another club has walked away from the table.
A move to Cardiff Blues earlier on in the year fell through due to a disagreement over the length of contract, while his last club Toulon ultimately rescinded their previous offer of a new deal. Subsequently, reports suggested that none of the remaining Welsh regions were, for one reason or another, in a position to sign the 28-year-old.
Premiership side Wasps can now be added to that list, as Director of Rugby Dai Young confirmed to the Rugby Paper that they have given up trying to sign Halfpenny after he was apparently unable to give them a definitive answer.
“We were really keen to get Leigh on board and we tried over a period of months.
“But we found it very hard to get a decision out of him and in the end we couldn’t get one. We have moved on since then.”
As a fully-fledged international and member of Warren Gatland’s Lions squad recently, Halfpenny should, in theory, have little trouble finding a new club. However, the reality seems to be that with the new season fast approaching, finding a new team is easier said than done.
WalesOnline go on to suggest that Bath is his most likely destination once he is able to report back for pre-season training, but the issue of “Gatland’s Law” when it comes to Wales selection for the November internationals will be interesting to see unfold (though admittedly this would have still been an issue had he stayed in the Top 14 anyway).