Wales
Scarlets and Cardiff Blues weigh up Leigh Halfpenny move
ESPN Staff
November 30, 2015
Leigh Halfpenny
Leigh Halfpenny© Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

The Scarlets and Cardiff Blues are both keen to talk to Leigh Halfpenny if he decides to leave Toulon at the end of the season.

Halfpenny is one season into a two-year deal with the European champions but has the option of a third. If the Wales fullback decides against activating a third season, his signature will be hotly sought after both in Wales and the Aviva Premiership.

And the Cardiff Blues have declared their interest in bringing Halfpenny back to the Arms Park in conjunction with the WRU on a dual contract.

"Leigh's career will be controlled and looked after much better here by the Blues and the WRU," Blues chairman Peter Thomas told The Rugby Paper. "The first choice that he has to make is this: 'do I take up the third year at Toulon? Or do I come home?'

"I'd rather hope he decides to come home and in that event he will come back to his home at the Cardiff Blues. It's a very possible reality.

"His heart is in the Blues and I know how much he likes Cardiff as a city. We'd welcome him back with open arms. We have expressed our very positive interest. A national dual contract with the Blues and the WRU is going to lengthen his career."

And the Scarlets would also be keen to sound out the British & Irish Lions star if he decides to return to Wales.

""He's no different to anyone else. If he is serious about returning we'd be interested to talk to him," said Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac. "We don't have an endless budget, but I've said it earlier and nothing has changed.

"If there's any returning Welsh players we'd like to have the opportunity to talk to them just to check what's going on in the market-place and find out their value."

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