Welsh lock to decide future in January
November 19, 2013
Ian Evans will not be rushed into deciding where his future lies © Getty Images
Ospreys and Wales lock Ian Evans will wait until January to decide where his future lies.
Evans is one of a number of top Welsh internationals whose contracts are up at the end of the season. British & Irish Lions heroes Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton have been heavily linked with a move to France while Jonathan Davies has already laid out his cards and has signed for Clermont Auvergne.
Reports earlier this month suggested Toulon were closing in on the signing of Evans but reports now suggest Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens are also keen on the second-row.
But Evans, whose partner is due to give birth in little more than a week, will wait a while before deciding whether to re-sign for the Ospreys or opt for a new venture elsewhere.
"There is a lot of speculation," said Evans, who is likely to play for Wales on Friday against Tonga. "I will probably make a decision come January time and see where I go then.
"It is important to make the right decision, but when the time comes I would be fairly confident I would have made the right decision. There have been offers from England and France. There is a lot on the table, but it is not really a distraction.
"It is a balancing act. There are obviously issues that you've got to consider and decisions you've got to make, but I've got a family on the way and first and foremost that is what I am looking after to be honest."
And when questioned about whether he is happy at the Ospreys, Evans said: "I am happy when I am playing."
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