The Dragons joined the merry-go-round of moving Welsh fly-halves with the signing of the Ospreys’ Sam Davies ahead of next season.
The Swansea-based side have signed Wales fly-half Gareth Anscombe for the 2019/20 season, meaning Davies’ playing time would have been seriously reduced if he had stayed with the club he made his debut for in 2012.
The move away from the Liberty Stadium for the eight-cap Wales international was expected as soon as the Anscombe signing was announced, but his destination was never clear. However, now it has been confirmed that he is moving to Rodney Parade, Davies has taken to Instagram to send a parting message to the Ospreys fans.
In the post, Davies, who has played over 150 games for the region, said that this has been “[a] really tough decision for me to move on and honestly it’s hard to let go – but this is the right time now & I wish the team every success in the future.”
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Just want to thank everyone @ospreys_official who has supported me during the past decade. I’ve enjoyed my time with a great group of boys & leave with the very best memories. Feel very privileged & proud to represent the region I come from in rugby for more than a decade and 150 games. I’ve learnt a lot along the way & worked with some great players and coaches. A really tough decision for me to move on and honestly it’s hard to let go – but this is the right time now & I wish the team every success in the future.
It is understandable that Davies feels like this is the right time to leave the Ospreys. After bursting onto the scene a few years ago, his career has stagnated in recent seasons, which has seen him fade away from the international set-up.
This move may be the perfect opportunity for Davies to revive his career and work his way back into contention for the Wales team. With Wayne Pivac taking over from Warren Gatland after the World Cup, this is a fresh start for the national team as well as Davies.
Under the new director of rugby, Dean Ryan, there will be optimism of improvement at the Dragons next season, and Davies could be the man to spearhead that success, in what could be a very wise signing.
Meanwhile, some of his future team-mates have been quick to welcome him to the Dragons team:
Davies’ relationship with the Ospreys had reached a natural conclusion, and after guiding them to Champions Cup rugby next season after beating Scarlets in a play-off, that was perhaps the perfect way to end his career there.
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