Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Henson delighted at Sarries switch

Gavin Henson

Wales star Gavin Henson has vowed to let his rugby "do all the talking" after signing for Saracens.

There is no indication at this stage when 28-year-old Henson will feature for Saracens after quitting the Ospreys with seven months of his contract remaining. And there is the added complication of his commitments to the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing series, which could seriously restrict training and playing opportunities until Christmas.

"I am still committed to Strictly Come Dancing because I am contracted to that, which is fine. I am enjoying it," said Henson. "I still need a few weeks of rugby training, which I will do in the mornings and do the dancing in the afternoons. Once that finishes, it should tie in with me playing rugby again with Saracens."

He added: "I have no idea of my start date in rugby. I have to see what I am like in training with my core skills.

"It will be a decision between me and (rugby director) Brendan Venter, on when it is right for me to start playing again.

"I am in good shape. I have done some kicking and contact this week, and it seems to be coming back quite quickly. I haven't found it strange at all - it's how I thought it would be.

"I've been out for a while, for 18 months, but the skills are still there. I am very pleased and happy with myself and looking forward to getting back playing at some point."

Henson has not played rugby since going on unpaid leave from the Ospreys 18 months ago following the latest in a series of injury setbacks. He could find himself primarily being used as a fly-half at Vicarage Road, despite being famed for his performances at inside centre during Wales' 2005 and 2008 Six Nations Grand Slams.

Saracens have moved quickly to recruit him after their South African number 10 Derick Hougaard suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during the Heineken Cup defeat against Leinster at Wembley earlier this month.

Venter added: "Gavin is a special talent. We are delighted he has chosen to launch the next phase of his career with us. We believe he will enjoy our environment, on and off the field, and that will be great news for our supporters and for Welsh rugby."

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