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Rhys Priestland signs contract extension with Scarlets

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

Rhys Priestland is staying at Parc y Scarlets

Rhys Priestland is staying at Parc y Scarlets

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Rhys Priestland has handed the Scarlets a huge boost by agreeing a contract extension with the West Wales region.

The 26-year-old, who has already won 27 international caps and was part of the Grand Slam-winning team in 2012, has been linked with moves outside Wales, with Leicester Tigers and Wasps among his potential suitors.

But Priestland has ignored offers and has instead decided to stay at Parc y Scarlets.

Priestland said: "I'm really pleased to secured my contract with the Scarlets going forward and continue my commitment to rugby in Wales.

"As Scarlets we want to push on next season, we have some exciting players to make that happen and drive us forward and I want to be part of a team that takes that ambition and helps makes it become a reality for our region. With players like Scott (Williams) and Reggie (Regan King) in our squad we have some world-class talent in our team, along with some of the most passionate support in world club rugby.

"The Scarlets is where I've developed as a rugby player and have been supported since I first started playing - with some good coaches and experienced senior players helping me in my career.

"It's important to me to continue my commitment to a great rugby community, environment and team that I am proud to be a part of.

"I'm pleased to have this all decided now, so I can focus on our Six Nations rugby campaign before returning back to the Scarlets for what should be an exciting finish to the league season."

Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby said it was an important signing for the Scarlets.

"Rhys has become one of our most experienced players and has a lot to contribute to the region on and off the field. He's a key figure in our squad, an intelligent rugby player who thinks quickly, reads a game well.

"A lot has been said about how to retain our best players in Wales; and while market forces can be difficult to battle at times, there is another dimension to this discussion and that's about creating a regional rugby environment and culture that engenders loyalty, motivation and drive in players with the support to succeed.

"It was really important to us all to keep Rhys and other players at Parc y Scarlets - our supporters will be delighted too as he is a popular local player. We are delighted that someone of his ability, experience and with genuine passion for our region, has committed to remain with us."

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