Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Henson set for new chapter

Gavin Henson

Gavin Henson is set to begin the latest chapter in his eventful and controversial career after the Wales centre joined Cardiff Blues on Tuesday night on an eight-month contract.

The Blues become the 29-year-old's fourth club in the space of 12 months after brief spells with Saracens and Toulon in the wake of his departure from the Ospreys. The deal bolsters the Blues' squad ahead of the deadline for Heineken Cup squad registration, and also gives Henson the chance to get back on the field following the wrist injury that kept him out of Wales' World Cup squad.

In a Cardiff Blues statement, Henson said: "I've been saying I wanted to play back in Wales and I'm glad of the opportunity that Cardiff Blues have given me. I just want to do everything I can to make them happy and enjoy my rugby. I'm glad I've signed here."

Henson, let go by Toulon at the end of last season after a spell in France that included a week's suspension following a nightclub altercation with two team-mates, had been linked with a return to the Ospreys but the Liberty Stadium hierarchy had insisted any talks would merely be a "courtesy" towards the player.

Henson, who has 33 caps to his name and toured New Zealand with the Lions in 2005, has not played since dislocating a bone in his wrist in Wales' World Cup warm-up win over England in Cardiff in August.

But he says his recovery is progressing well and that he may be back in action in a couple of weeks, meaning the Blues RaboDirect Pro12 meeting with the Newport Gwent Dragons on November 4 could potentially mark his debut.

"The wrist is coming along all right," he said. "Obviously it was a nightmare injury for me, but I'm two weeks out of plaster now, so maybe a couple of weeks before I'm back on the pitch.

"It was nightmare timing getting that injury just before the World Cup, but these things happen. It's pretty tough mentally now, but it's healed and getting stronger, so I'm just looking forward to playing for my new club, the Blues.

"I hope over the next few weeks now that the plaster is off that I will do other conditioning. I'm dying for the first opportunity with the Blues.'"

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