George North to Ospreys confirmed

Date published: April 25 2018

Wales and Lions wing George North will be returning to Welsh Rugby with the Ospreys at the end of this season, joining from Northampton.

North, who recently turned 26-years-old, signed a National Dual Contract with the WRU in November as he committed to returning to Wales. Since that announcement he has been working with the governing body to finalise his choice of regions, which has been announced as the Ospreys.

"I’m really excited to be joining the Ospreys and starting a new chapter in my career when I return to Wales," said North.

“I believe the Ospreys have an exciting future with the structure and the recruitment they have put in place and I’m really looking forward to linking up with Allen (Clarke) and the squad in the summer.

“It was a really positive decision for me to sign a National Dual Contract with the support and structure it provides. I have worked alongside the WRU to finalise my choice of region and I would like to thank everyone involved. I’m really looking forward to becoming an Osprey.”

Dan Griffiths, Rugby General Manager, Ospreys Rugby, said: “We are delighted to be able to add George to our squad for next season. A truly world class player, he is someone that everybody at the Region is excited about seeing in an Ospreys jersey, supporters, players and coaches alike.

“George has taken his time to ensure that his decision was the right one and it is fantastic news that he sees our environment as the best place to be going forward.”

Chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union, Martyn Phillips, said: "George returning home to Wales is a major positive for Welsh Rugby and for the Ospreys. I know he is really looking forward to next season and making a positive impact on Welsh rugby.”