Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Harris rules out Powell move

Andy Powell

Crusaders coach Iestyn Harris has ruled out a move to sign controversial Wales rugby union forward Andy Powell following his departure from Wasps.

The Super League club expressed interest in bringing Powell to Wrexham to link up with his former Wales captain Gareth Thomas in the 13-man code last year. That move never materialised as Powell opted for Wasps and Crusaders, now led by a new coach in Harris, are unlikely to make a fresh approach as a result of the player's sudden availability.

Harris said: "We haven't got any thoughts on the issue. We are trying to solve the problems of beating Leeds at Headingley on Saturday. When the time is right we will start to think about next year but we will put all our energy into Leeds at the moment."

He added: "I don't know Andy Powell. I don't know his personality and until you know someone's personality you tend not to make decisions about people. We are just concentrating on this week."

Powell is currently a free agent after his contract at Wasps was terminated by mutual consent.

The 29-year-old, who earned notoriety last year for driving a golf buggy on a motorway while drunk, was recently suspended by Wasps pending an investigation into a pub brawl.

The signing of Wales legend Thomas last year gave Crusaders a shot in the arm following their move to Wrexham from Bridgend.

The ability and profile of the 36-year-old boosted the club on and off the field in their bid to lay roots in north Wales.

Crusaders did go into administration last winter but Harris is convinced good progress is being made at the Racecourse Ground.

Harris said: "I think the club is bedding in exceptionally well. I think the off-field stuff is starting to grow and the club is going to grow at a steady pace."

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