Contract uncertainty worries Priestland

Date published: January 29 2014


Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland admits he is stressed going into the Six Nations as his future remains in the air regarding a contract.

Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland admits he is a stressed player going into the Six Nations as his future remains in the air regarding a fresh contract.

Priestland, whose Scarlets deal expires at the end of 2013/14, is one of many considering offers from the Welsh Rugby Union and his region.

And the 27-year-old believes this is a worrying time for players in Wales as the uncertainty has changed his mood in recent months.

“It does worry you what's going to happen with your future,” the playmaker told BBC Sport.

“I'm sure it's not just me who feels like that. I've been agitated easily and it's not the sort of person I am.

“I've found it difficult because I don't know all the facts and it's very hard to make a fully informed decision that way.”

Priestland was on Tuesday named in the Welsh starting line-up for their Six Nations opener against Italy, edging out Dan Biggar and James Hook in the ten spot for the Cardiff clash.

That fact is set to be a welcome distraction for Priestland.

“I've got this to concentrate on now with the Six Nations – I'm sure that will take my mind off other things,” added the Six Nations winner.

“But hopefully in the meantime everything will become clearer one way or another and I'll be able to make a fully informed decision.

“The sooner I can sort this out, the better for me and everyone else who is trying to sort things out. I think they all feel the same.

“Alun and Sam, they all feel the weight off their shoulders now that they know what they are doing. Hopefully the sooner I can make a decision, the better.

“I'd like to see how things pan out. There's a lot of uncertainties with signing both contracts at the moment.”