Henson wants to 'put things right'
August 24, 2012
Gavin Henson in his new London Welsh colours © Getty Images
London Welsh's Gavin Henson has admitted that he signed for the Aviva Premiership newboys in an attempt to "put things right" after being sacked by previous side the Cardiff Blues.
Henson had his contract terminated by the RaboDirect PRO12 side due to an off-field incident but he has revealed that before that happened, he was considering hanging up his boots because the Blues were not going to renew his contract.
He deemed that it would have been "embarrassing" had he signed for his fourth club in under two years - following other stints with Saracens and Toulon - but after the way his time at the Blues ended, he was keen to make amends.
"I want another chance to put things right because I thought that was it," Henson said. "It was going to be my last club. I was made well aware they weren't going to sign me on. That was demoralising.
"If you watch that last game (against Glasgow) where I was brought on as a wing - that sums up the way things were at the club. It was tough. I couldn't move on to another club. It was starting to get embarrassing. I was more or less finished then, rugby-wise.
"The writing was on the wall before then and they took their opportunity to strike. I fell into that trap really. In a way, if there's anything good to come out of it [being sacked], it was that I knew things couldn't end like that.
"I had to bite the bullet and sign again for another club and try and put things right. I just have to make sure I stay on the straight and narrow and play the best I can."
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