Ospreys failed in £1m Hook bid
April 22, 2011
James Hook will leave the Ospreys at the end of the season © Getty Images
Ospreys boss Mike Cuddy believes there could be an exodus of top talent from Welsh rugby after admitting that the region failed in a £1m bid to keep James Hook.
The 25-year-old playmaker will join Perpignan next season, while fullback Lee Byrne has signed for Top 14 champions Clermont Auvergne.
Cuddy has warned that the Welsh regions will struggle to hold onto their big names given the salaries on offer across the Channel, although the Ospreys have pulled off two notable coups with the retention of Alun Wyn Jones and Shane Williams.
Wales coach Warren Gatland initially refused to select players based overseas, but that plan will likely fall by the wayside when it comes to the likes of Hook and Byrne.
"We made James Hook a huge offer, had a sponsor in to make him an offer of over £1m to help us over three years and that wasn't enough," Cuddy told BBC Sport Wales.
"With the money that the French teams are pouring out at the moment unless we do something about it in two or three years' time we could have the whole Welsh team running out not playing in Wales."
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