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Prop inks new Ospreys deal

04th March 2014 08:27


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New deal: Ryan Bevington

Highly-rated Wales prop Ryan Bevington has put pen to paper on a new Ospreys deal that will tie him to the region til 2016.

The 25-year-old becomes the latest in a spree of home-grown players to sign extensions at the Liberty Stadium, including second-row Alun Wyn Jones.

Touted as a highly mobile prop, Bevington has 13 Wales caps to his name, and did not consider a move elsewhere.

"I've been an Osprey since I was 15, this is my home and where I was born and bred, so I'm happy to be here," said Bevington.

"I want to play for the Ospreys for as long as I can.

"For myself, there was no other option to consider. I wanted to stay here as it's the environment that I think is best for me and my long-term ambitions. We are ambitious and want to do well as a team, and I think that with the young group of players we have we can grow as a team over the next few years.

"The challenge for me is to try and get regular game time and keep improving as a player. This is the best place for me to do that."

Rugby operations manager Andy Lloyd tipped Bevington for big things; props typically reach the peak of their powers around the 30 mark.

"Ryan is the seventh player to have come through our development pathway who has recommitted to the Ospreys in recent weeks, the eighth player in total since the start of the year," said Lloyd.

"We are working hard to secure the players who we believe can help to drive the Ospreys forward in the coming seasons, allowing us to maintain our position as Wales's number one region, and this is news that should please all our supporters and commercial partners.

"Ryan has all the attributes to go on and have a hugely successful career.

"He has amazing athletic ability and already has a huge amount of experience for a young prop.

"The challenge for him now is to kick on and turn his undoubted potential into something more.

"Potentially, he can be whatever he wants to be in terms of his rugby. It's about making sure that he does that on a consistent basis, through hard work on and off the field.

"We've seen him pull out some top-drawer performances in an Ospreys shirt - now we want to see that from him week-in, week-out."

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