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.
What happened to Wales' big six?
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."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Adam Ashley-Cooper replaces the injured Tevita Kuridrani at outside centre, while Rob Horne assumes the No.11 jumper and Sean McMahon returns at blindside flanker
Richie McCaw enjoys yet another victory, this time away from the rugby field, with the blue-blooded racehorse he part owns making a winning debut in New Zealand
John Higgins says he still has a competitive desire to win and hopes a run at the UK Championship can give his career the kick-start it desperately needs
Wallabies staff broke a dressing-room door and hinges after the defeat by Ireland in Dublin, causing "a few thousand euros" worth of damage, the Irish Examiner reports
Ian Poulter says he would love to one day captain the European Ryder Cup team - but hopes he is at least 10 years away from that dream becoming a reality