Priestland ready to extend Wales stay
January 10, 2014
Rhys Priestland could be in the red of the Scarlets again next term © Getty Images
Rhys Priestland is set to buck the trend by penning a new contract to keep him in Wales a while longer.
As the battle between the Welsh Rugby Union and the regions shows no signs of abating, a number of the country's top players are looking at offers abroad, partly due to the uncertainty facing the four regions and just which competition they will be playing in next term.
Alongside Priestland, there are a number of Wales players whose contracts are up at the end of the season. Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton are yet to reveal where their future lies while Scott Williams, Alun-Wyn Jones and Adam Jones are also out of contract.
While they may yet continue their respective careers abroad, Priestland, according to reports in the Telegraph, is ready to extend his stay in Wales, though it is not yet clear whether he will re-sign with the Scarlets or take up one of the central contracts on offer from the WRU. This is likely to be decided by the outcome of the new Participation Agreement and whether the regions sign it.
Priestland was linked with moves to either Wasps or Gloucester but the news of his decision to stay in Wales will come as a huge boost to both region and country.
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