Gavin Henson’s homecoming next season on a two year deal with the Newport Gwent Dragons has had a mixed reception from Welsh rugby fans… but the return of the prodigal son has met with more approval than disapproval.
The 35-year-old double Grand Slam winner will link up with the Rodney Parade region this summer insisting he still has “loads to offer” after a injury-ravaged 2016-17 campaign with Bristol in the Aviva Premniership.
The hugely versatile Henson, who can cover fly-half, centre and full-back, says he is relishing the new challenge that lies ahead.
“I have really enjoyed my time here at Bristol but when the opportunity came along to join the Dragons and return to Wales, I couldn’t say no,” he said.
“I still have loads to offer and I know what Kingsley wants from me.
“I’m especially looking forward to pitting myself against the current Welsh players and hopefully becoming a catalyst and mentor for the tremendous talent that is in the Dragons squad.”
While the majority of Welsh fans are laying out the welcome mat for Henson, others are more wary about his return to the Welsh game.
Denonciateur: I cannot make my mind up which of the two is the most criminal waste of talent. Gavin or James Hook? For different reasons. One was self-inflicted, the other was ignored by the system. Awful waste of sublime talent.
Redrugbyexile: As they say if your good enough then you are old enough, likewise if you are good enough you are young enough. It’s the rugby brain that you are buying in with Gav, these youngsters at the Dragons will learn a lot.
Cymrubach: Well done Gav welcome back cannot wait to see you at the Liberty stadium!
Honestopinion: Watched the highlights of his game against Bath a few weeks back and he’s such a classy player, his passing and vision can’t be taught. Hope he stays injury free and I hope the Dragons have signed him on a pay as you play deal otherwise could cost them a fortune.
Seagultaf: If he can stay fit he will be a useful addition to the Dragons squad, providing some experience in their backline. Players like Tyler Morgan and Dixon who’s development has stalled and the promising Beard and Amos.
mrbedlington: What a load of rubbish. Nine clubs aged 35 a washed out prima donna, the Dragons really are ready for a complete take over a totally failed region now in free fall.
Huwdonovan: Will be great for the dragons, as long as he stays injury free, his international career may be over, but he’s still a great player with experience that they desperately need.