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Ospreys youngster Keelan Giles attracting interest from France after stunning European shows

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 16, 2017

Keelan Giles has performed superbly so far for the Ospreys

Keelan Giles has performed superbly so far for the Ospreys

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KEELAN Giles is attracting interest from France after his superlative performances for the Ospreys in the European Challenge Cup.

The prolific teenager crossed for a try hat-trick against Lyon at the Matmut Stadium in October, with at least one of the scores of the take-your-breath-away variety, and touched down twice in the away clash with Grenoble just before Christmas.

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Unsurprisingly, those efforts caused radar screens to light up across the Top 14.

Sources suggest Giles's progress is being monitored from afar, while a leading French agent, Francois Salagoity, has since made enquiries about the 19-year-old who boasts Rolls Royce acceleration, a killer step and the instincts of a natural finisher.

"There are always agents trying to broker deals for players to move to France and, yes, I can confirm this person has contacted me," said the player's representative, Derwyn Jones.

"He got on in touch on the basis of Keelan's performances for the Ospreys against French clubs in the European Challenge Cup.

"But Keelan is midway through a long-term contract and remains firmly committed to the Ospreys and wants to stay with them.

"His ambitions are to become a regular first-choice player with his home region and, ultimately, to play for his country."

Keelan Giles crosses for a try against Grenoble

Giles is on his way back to fitness after being sidelined for the past month with a hamstring problem.

Before his injury he had made a terrific impact on the senior scene, scoring 11 tries in nine games for the Ospreys, many of them picture-book affairs. So impressive was the youngster from Gorseinon that he made the three-strong shortlist for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

He secured his first professional deal with the Ospreys last summer, one that was dished out before Giles had even featured for the senior side — a statement of confidence in the free-scoring wing if ever there was one.

Called into the Wales squad for the autumn Tests, though surprisingly not used during that campaign, Giles has so far lived up to his billing as one of the hottest prospects to emerge in Wales in years.

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