Blues admit Hook approach
January 7, 2010
Blues boss Dai Young has admitted that he was keen on signing Ospreys star James Hook © Getty Images
The Blues confirmed the capture of Scotland fly-half Parks on Monday but Young has now revealed that the move only came about after his approach for Wales international Hook had been rejected out of hand by the Ospreys.
"We look within Wales first and if there is a player we believe can do the job then we will try and get that Welsh player. If there's not, we have to look outside," he told The Western Mail. "James Hook is something we did look at but it was not to be and I don't blame them. I telephoned Andrew Hore to see if James might be available and the answer was a straight no.
"Dan is a proven kicker but he also creates a lot of space for others. He's a great distributor and should bring the best out of the players outside him."
Meanwhile, Young also admitted that Gareth Thomas, who has reportedly been offered a player-coaching role with the Ospreys, could quit Cardiff at the end of the current campaign.
"At this stage of Gareth's career he's got to look at all options. If he decides to stay with us that will be fantastic but if he decides to go he goes with our blessing. But that is something we will talk about at the end of the year," he said.
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