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Scarlets keen to keep Cardiff Blues target Matthew Rees

By SWEP_DafP  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby

Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby

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THE Scarlets say they are eager to keep Matthew Rees, but admit the out-of-contract hooker could join the Cardiff Blues.

Wales international Rees has been heavily linked with a move to the region of his birth, with the Blues desperate to strengthen  their weak front row.

And although Scarlets forwards coach Danny Wilson would like to hold on to the 32-year-old, he concedes the 56-cap hooker might be prised away.

"I would like him to stay because he is a world-class hooker," said Wilson.

"His set-piece work is excellent and you want to work with players of that international calibre and leadership.

"His leadership skills are invaluable and he helps bring on the likes of Samson Lee and other young props.

"It is a possibility with any player within a squad who is out of contract at the end of the season they could move on.

"Until a player has made a decision or formally signed there is always a possibility of a player leaving.

"Matthew has not been with us for the last month because he has been away on international duty and focussing on that.

"So not much discussion has been had on that subject at the moment. He is back in the fold with us and he is an important player in our squad."

While Rees is an asset to the Scarlets' squad, his position is an area where the West Walians are blessed with numerous options, such as Wales international Ken Owens and Welsh youth caps Emyr Phillips and Kirby Myhill.

"This is a position where we have strength in depth," said Wilson.

"We have Ken Owens who is of a similar vein to Matthew, and we are lucky to have Emyr Phillips and Kirby Myhill who are two names for the future.

"Emyr has impressed me in the last couple of weeks with his performances after coming back from a long-term injury.

"So it is good we have a couple of young hookers coming through who will wear that Scarlets shirt in the future."

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