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Spratt opts for return to Ospreys
ESPN Staff
July 12, 2012
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London Irish centre Jonathan Spratt has opted to rejoin the Ospreys and has signed a two-year deal.

Spratt has two caps for Wales and has spent just one season in the Aviva Premiership with the Exiles. He penned a new two-year deal with London Irish back in March but due to the change in the coaching set-up at the Exiles, Spratt has been allowed to return to the Ospreys.

"I'm very excited to be back here," Spratt said. "It's where I'm from, I was brought up playing rugby in Ospreylia, so clearly when the opportunity arose to come back I jumped at the chance.

"Having spent a year at London Irish and gained some great experience, the changes there meant I had to consider my options and while I could have stayed, the prospect of rejoining the Ospreys and being part of what is a young and ambitious group is an exciting one. There's nothing like playing for your home region in front of a big crowd at your home stadium.

"Working with Steve Tandy, Gruff Rees and Jonathan Humphreys is another big draw for me. Having played alongside Steve at Neath and the Ospreys, I know what he's about, what his work ethic is, his passion for rugby in general and for the Ospreys in particular, and I'm really looking forward to the new season."

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy was pleased with Spratt's decision to return to Swansea. "It's good to be able to bring Jonathan back to his home region," Tandy said. "He's passionate about this place, loves the Ospreys and will be a real asset this season. He's a skilful player who has always been underrated, with a good attitude, someone I know well from my time as a player in the same squad."

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