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Beck seals Ospreys extension

13th February 2014 08:10

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Two-year deal: Ashley Beck

The Ospreys have announced that Wales international centre Ashley Beck has signed a new two-year contract with the region.

A product of the region's player development pathway, 23-year old Beck was born and bred in Ospreylia and enjoyed his early rugby with Skewen and then Tonmawr. Having played for the Ospreys at regional age-grade level, Beck also gained considerable experience with Aberavon in the Principality Premiership on his way to establishing himself with his home region.

His Ospreys debut came in November 2007 when he was a second half replacement against Leinster at the Liberty Stadium aged just 17, becoming the youngest ever player in the Celtic League in the process. To date he has made 82 regional appearances, scoring 15 tries, including one in the Pro12 Final win in Dublin in 2012.

Capped by Wales at all age-grade levels, he made his senior debut on the 2012 tour of Australia, playing in all three tests and and starting in two. He has worn the Welsh shirt on seven occasions and has scored two tries, gaining a call-up to the Six Nations squad this week.

"Signing a new contract with the Ospreys is all I wanted. This is my home region and it's the only place I want to play my rugby," said Beck.

"As a youngster, playing for the Ospreys was my goal and I've achieved that. Now I've established myself here I want to help the region kick-on and grow, and I want to play my part in helping the team develop.

"I suppose I've been around long enough to be considered one of the older heads now, despite only being 23. We are a young team, especially in the backs, but we've got an exciting mix with a lot of potential and I'm looking forward to being part of this group as it grows over the next two years.

"This is a great place to be and I'm really happy that my future is all sorted, allowing me to concentrate on my rugby."

The news that Beck has put pen-to-paper to extend his time with the Ospreys comes shortly after confirmation that Welsh internationals Dan Evans and Sam Parry will join the region next season, along with exciting Fijian cap Josh Matavesi.

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