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Henson saga over....at last!
Welsh star moves to Saracens
Posted Oct 28, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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The Gavin Henson saga has finally reached a conclusion and we can now (hopefully!) go back to enjoying watching this talented centre do his talking on the pitch.
It seems like it’s been far too long since we’ve seen him play the sport his says to love but now that he has agreed to join Saracens until the end of this season is a step in the right direction.
There had been so much speculation about where the former Ospreys star would end up plying his trade and many had thought he would drop down to the Championship as it appeared no Aviva Premiership club wanted to take a punt on a player who has been so highly regarded throughout his career.
Henson, currently on charity TV show, Strictly Come Dancing, has been out of the game for 18 months after taking unpaid leave after the break up of his relationship with entertainer Charlotte Church.
He told the BBC that he was ‘genuinely delighted’ about the switch, adding: “I know I still have so much to give to rugby and I can’t wait to get back on the field, playing for Saracens and hopefully for Wales.
“They have created a special vibe at the club and, to be honest, just being around them has rekindled my enthusiasm for the sport. They’re bold, innovative, and they’re positive and ambitious.
“Now it’s time to start working hard, getting back to match fitness as soon as possible and to let my rugby do all the talking.”
Here, here, Gavin. I couldn’t agree more. Many people will have forgotten just how good a rugby player you are and with the Six Nations around the corner, it will be pleasing to see that person once again.
And we mustn’t underestimate the importance the role Ospreys played in the release of Henson. They could quite easily have left him to rot, not releasing him from his contract but they have taken a more mature stand, allowing him to move on without much hassle.
A Sarries statement thanked the Ospreys, and managing director Mike Cuddy in particular, for their “constructive approach in agreeing to release Henson from his contract in the wider interests of the player and of the game.”
I’m glad this has all been resolved and I am keen to see Henson back on a rugby pitch doing what he was born to do.