Hook agrees Perpignan deal

Wales star confirms three-year deal

Last Updated: 26/01/11 1:21pm

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Hook: Set to move to France

Hook: Set to move to France

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Wales star James Hook has confirmed he has agreed a deal to move to Perpignan in the summer.

Hook has long been linked to a move across the Channel, with the 25-year-old revealing before Christmas that he would be leaving the Ospreys at the end of the current campaign.

A number of clubs across Europe - including Bath - were interested in signing the versatile back, who can play fly-half, centre and full-back.

However Perpignan have won the race, with Hook agreeing a three-year deal believed to be worth nearly £500,000 per season.

Hook, who has been capped 47 times by Wales, said: "I've thought a lot about it over the last year and I'm really excited. I think the club and the hard grounds will suit me.

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"I've met the president and everything really appealed to me.

"It's been tough because it is a huge decision for me and my family. The positives outweigh the negatives and I'm extremely excited."

Hook is believed to have favoured a move to Perpignan as they want him to play in his favoured fly-half position.

Perpignan have struggled with the No.10 role this season, with veteran Manny Edmonds coming out of retirement to play after Nicolas Laharrague and David Mele both suffered injuries.

However, Hook admitted he has not been promised the fly-half jersey at the club.

"There's no guarantee what position I'll be playing so I'm just going to go out there to express myself," he added.

"I think everyone knows 10 is my preferred position and I think I've done pretty well when I've played there over the last few weeks."

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