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Henson set for London Welsh switch?
English Championship side keen on move for talented centre
Posted Sep 24, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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The Gavin Henson saga, or whatever you want to call it, has taken another twist as London Welsh have this week expressed an interest in providing the Wales and British and Irish Lions centre with a chance to resume his career with the club.
The 28-year-old has been out of the game for some 18 months now following injury and personal problems after the break up of his relationship with entertainer, Charlotte Church, the mother of his two children.
Henson recently said he is keen to move from Wales to London so he can be closer to his children. He has also said he wants to get back into the game but not playing for Ospreys. The Welsh club, and quite rightly, are angered that the talented back wants to walk away from the club who have stood by him through this testing time.
He has been on an unpaid sabbatical from the Liberty Stadium club for 18 months and the club have been extremely patient throughout this time and expect him to honour his contract. Which is what should happen in sport.
It’ll be interesting to see if he manages to force a move away from the Ospreys or whether he will have to wait until his contract expires at the end of the season.
The biggest problem for Henson is that the Aviva Premiership based London clubs such as Harlequins, London Wasps and Saracens have all ruled out making a move for the Bridgend product whilst London Irish have distanced themselves from making any move.
And this has led to London Welsh managing director John Taylor making it known that the English Championship club are serious about giving him the opportunity to re-launch his stuttering career.
He told the BBC: “We’re interested, very interested, providing he’s interested. We’re not here to pander to Gavin in any way but I think he’s a terrific talent. If he is serious about playing good rugby again then we think there’s a part in that process that we can help him.”
If the move does come to fruition then it will be a massive coup for the Championship side.
I feel it could be a good launching ground for Henson. He hasn’t played competitive rugby for 18 months and this is a long time to be out of the top-flight game. Slowly easing himself back into the sport after this long with a club like London Welsh is a great option for him. However, I think his ego will get the best of him and he won’t lower himself to such a standard. Only time will tell.
Watch this space!