Priestland signs new Scarlets deal
February 18, 2014
Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland will stay at the Scarlets © Getty Images
Rhys Priestland has spurned offers from England and France to sign a new contract with the Scarlets.
Priestland was heavily linked with a potential switch to either Wasps or Gloucester but he has followed in the footsteps of Scott Williams in extending his stay with the Welsh region. The news will come as a welcome boost for Wales as they are still battling to keep hold of star tight-head Adam Jones.
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Priestland, who started both of Wales' games in the 2014 Six Nations, is delighted to have his future sorted.
"The Scarlets is where I've developed as a rugby player and have been supported since I first started playing - with some good coaches and experienced senior players helping me in my career," Priestland said. "It's important to me to continue my commitment to a great rugby community, environment and team that I am proud to be a part of.
"We have a very strong team ethic at the Scarlets, we're a tight group. It's good to belong to an environment that means a lot to me as an individual and has a real heritage and tradition as well.
"I'm pleased to have this all decided now, so I can focus on our Six Nations rugby campaign before returning back to the Scarlets for what should be an exciting finish to the league season."
Scarlets boss Simon Easterby added: "Rhys has become one of our most experienced players and has a lot to contribute to the region on and off the field. He's a key figure in our squad, an intelligent rugby player who thinks quickly, reads a game well.
"A lot has been said about how to retain our best players in Wales; and while market forces can be difficult to battle at times, there is another dimension to this discussion and that's about creating a regional rugby environment and culture that engenders loyalty, motivation and drive in players with the support to succeed."
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