Powell excited at move
Wales No.8 to do his talking on the pitch after joining Wasps
Last Updated: 13/07/10 5:22pm
Wales No.8 Andy Powell wants to focus on his rugby after completing his move to London Wasps.
"After all the talk and speculation about where I will be playing, all I want to do now is get my head down, improve as a player and hopefully if selected, play in the World Cup next year for my country."
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Powell, a tourist with the Lions in 2009, was released from the final two years of his contract with Cardiff Blues on Monday - paving the way for his to move to Adams Park.
The Blues had claimed Powell had "lost his way" following the buggy-gate incident in February - when he was kicked out of the Wales squad in February for taking a golf buggy and driving it along the M4 to a service station.
Agen and Crusaders RL were both interested in signing the powerful forward, however he has opted to join Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards at Wasps.
And Powell is now determined to do his talking on the pitch.
"I am extremely excited to be joining London Wasps," said Powell.
"My decision was a pure rugby decision. After all the talk and speculation about where I will be playing, all I want to do now is get my head down, improve as a player and hopefully if selected, play in the World Cup next year for my country.
"To do that I need to be playing well for my club, and I think with the coaching team and setup here at Wasps, I will have the perfect opportunity to do that.
"I know Shaun Edwards well of course from my time with the Welsh team, and I took little persuading once I met with Tony Hanks and Trevor Woodman about how serious this team is about success and winning.
"Wasps have pulled together a great squad, with some great coaches and I think this is an environment in which I will thrive as a player and I hope to do my part to help bring success and trophies to Wasps."
Director of rugby Tony Hanks believes Powell can now thrive in the 'Wasps way' of life.
"Andy is the first high profile Welsh signing at the club since Rob Howley and we are confident he will benefit from the environment and 'Wasps way' in a similar fashion and become a favourite with the Wasps faithful," said Hanks.
"He will be a welcome addition to the squad and is held in high regard by people in the game that we at Wasps trust and respect - none more so than Wasps' Lions players who played alongside him and forged friendships with him in South Africa in 2009.
"This is a good fit for both Andy and Wasps - we want to give him the platform, on the back of good club performances, to play at the highest level possible and Andy is committed to developing his game and ensuring success for Wasps in 2010/11."