Scarlets begin building in earnest

The feel-good factor sweeping through the Scarlets after finally gaining planning permission for a new state of the art stadium has been quickly followed by a number of significant re-signings.

Welsh internationals Gavin Thomas, Iestyn Thomas and Matthew Rees have all signed three-year extensions to their current contracts as has Scotland lock Scott MacLeod who had a storming debut season with the Scarlets in his maiden campaign.

Rising talents Gavin Evans, Darren Daniel and Ceiron Thomas have also penned three-year extensions while the Scarlets are delighted to capture the signatures of two of Wales’s brightest stars, hooker Ken Owens and centre Jon Davies who have also signed on for three years.

Second row Vernon Cooper and number eight Nathan Thomas have signed one-year extensions to their contracts while the current captain of the Welsh sevens team, Jonathan Edwards, has also signed a one-year deal.

That all this happens one week after the go-ahead was given for the new stadium and the sale of the Stradey park site shows probably just how much was riding on the windfall of cash as a result of it all.

“I am absolutely delighted to announce the extensions of the contracts of the players concerned which along with the long term contracts of the senior players already in place, will ensure when we move to our fantastic new stadium we will have a core of very established Scarlets players in place,” said Scarlets Chief Executive Stuart Gallagher

A quartet of Scarlets Academy players have also been elevated to the senior regional squad for the early part of the season while the World Cup takes place.

Flankers Nic Cudd (from Ponthenri) and Josh Turnball (Newcastle Emlyn) along with centre Rhys Williams (Burry Port) and fullback Daniel Evans (Ammanford) have been in the academy for two years and all have played for Wales U16, U18 and U19. Daniel made his Scarlets debut against Connacht as an 18-year-old in the last game of last season.

“I have always placed a heavy emphasis on planning within your own playing group,” said a delighted Director of Rugby Phil Davies.

“We’ve got plenty of talent within the Scarlets region who have developed outstandingly well over the years and when you add the experienced players to the equation, it offers the Scarlets’ future plenty of stability.

“With the current crop of Scarlets involved, I’m sure we can produce a new and exciting future with the region.”

 

365 Digital

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