London Welsh likely to use Henson at fly-half
July 11, 2012
Gavin Henson 'wants to do his talking on the pitch' © Getty Images
London Welsh will play Gavin Henson at fly-half next term, according to managing director John Taylor.
With reports suggesting that Henson has penned a one-year deal, the Exiles are likely to utilise the controversial back at fly-half - a position he has wanted to play in the past couple of years. Saracens, Toulon and the Cardiff Blues all opted to play Henson in either the centres or at fullback but Taylor has claimed that London Welsh will start him at half-back.
"We will use Gavin as a No.10 primarily and there are not too many really top-class No.10s that you can pick up with two months' notice," Taylor told Wales Online. "It was a god-send to have someone of his quality available. We think he can do a great job for us on the field. He is a very talented player.
"In normal circumstances, he wouldn't be available. We are very lucky that because of the way things finished for him with the Blues, we have been able to sign him. He's the first to admit things have gone a little haywire over the last few years, but he has impressed on me he still feels he has a lot to prove as a rugby player and is determined to ensure he is not remembered as somebody who never fulfilled his great potential.
"I am confident he will fit in well here and it's obvious he can't wait to get back to what he does best - playing rugby."
Henson was unveiled by London Welsh on Tuesday but media were not offered the chance to interview the ex-Wales international - something Taylor claims was Henson's decision.
"He wants to do his talking on the pitch," Taylor said. "He doesn't want a great hullabaloo surrounding his signing for us. He was very anxious to show that he wants to bed in and get on with his rugby.
"When we started talking to him, we were very anxious to establish that he really wanted to resurrect his career. We had good conversations on that and I really do believe he is absolutely focused now on proving he's a damn good rugby player.
"That's how he wants to be remembered. He has impressed on me that he still feels he has a lot to prove as a player and is determined to ensure he is not remembered as somebody who never fulfilled their great potential.
"His priority is to get training and prove he's here for the right reasons. He wants to get back to doing what he does best, which is playing rugby. He looks great. He's in terrific nick and one of the first things you realise is that he is an imposing physical specimen."
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