Wales lock Bradley Davies swapping Wasps for Ospreys
Wales lock Bradley Davies is to leave Wasps and take up a national dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union and Ospreys for next season.
The 29-year-old second row is set to return to Wales after the Aviva Premiership side reached an agreement to release him a year early from his current deal, having signed from Cardiff Blues in 2014.
Davies' deal with the WRU runs through to the 2019 World Cup.
"It is the hardest decision I have had to make in my career, as I have loved my time at Wasps and have really enjoyed being part of a great group of boys," he said.
"Some people may think I'm mad leaving now given the direction Wasps is moving in, but I feel this is the right move for my family and I at this stage of my career and I am excited about returning to Wales and joining Ospreys.
"I am not returning to Wales to retire, I want to push on and the NDC (national dual contract) and the Ospreys allow me to do that."
Davies is expected to feature for Wasps in the Premiership semi-final against Exeter Chiefs on May 21, before joining up with the Wales squad ahead of the tour to New Zealand next month.
Wales coach Warren Gatland believes the switch will prove positive for both player and country as Davies aims to add to his 54 international caps.
"It is important we create an environment that is attractive to our players and I believe with the number of players retained and returning we are getting on the right track," he said.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was sorry to be losing the services of Davies.
"We will obviously be sad to see Bradley leave as he is a great character to have around the training ground and has played a key role over the past couple of seasons in helping our pack develop a harder edge," Young said.
"However, we want to support our players in their international ambitions and understand this will be easier for Bradley back in Wales.
"It's also a good opportunity for his family to be able to head home and we wish them all the very best for the future."