Steve Shingler feels he will be leaving London Irish as a better player in the summer

By Chris Burton.   Last Updated: 20/03/13 12:43pm

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Steve Shingler believes he will return to Scarlets over the summer a better player for his experiences at London Irish.

The 21-year-old fly-half is heading home two years after leaving Llanelli for the Madejski Stadium.

He has taken in an eventful spell with the Exiles - which has included an international eligibility row and an Aviva Premiership relegation scrap.

Shingler claims he has enjoyed every minute of his time in England, but is looking forward to heading back to Wales on a three-year contract.

He told Sky Sports: "The problem from a personal point of view, signing so early, there are boys that have got two or three years here and the coach might choose to give them more game time. It's frustrating, but hopefully I can push on in my career.

"I think moving has definitely given me a good foothold for the future. If I didn't move from Scarlets two years ago, I wouldn't be the player I am today. You never know, but I am really happy with how things have gone and the player I have become.

"If I didn't move from Scarlets two years ago, I wouldn't be the player I am today. You never know, but I am really happy with how things have gone and the player I have become."
Steve Shingler

"When I came over to London I didn't know how to cook a meal or wash my own clothes, so in terms of living-wise it has been great. Playing-wise, I have played over 40 games and for the national team. I have enjoyed working with some top-class coaches and working with great players."


Shingler's priority at present, though, is ending the season positively with Irish, with tough tests to come against fellow strugglers Worcester, Sale and London Welsh - starting with Saturday's St Patrick's Day party clash with the Warriors.

He said: "It's all looking exciting, at the top and the bottom. At the bottom, you don't want to be there, but being mid-table is boring so we thought we would get ourselves at the bottom. We got ourselves in this mess and we have to get ourselves out and push on.

"I played in last year's (St Patrick's Day) game and it was a great day. Hopefully the boys in our squad can rise to the occasion, and I've not doubts that they will."

Shingler has faith in those around him to end the season on a high and push on towards a brighter future.

He added: "There is a lot of youth in the team. Marland (Yarde) is playing very well at the moment. It's still a young team, young coaching set-up and there will be a few more boys coming in. I know it takes time and results take a bit longer, but hopefully the teething problems are over and the team can push on." is part of Aviva and will be the matchday sponsors for the Aviva Premiership Rugby game between London Irish and Worcester Warriors on Saturday 23 March. For more info visit on Facebook.

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