Henson: I'm not quitting

Wales centre dismisses speculation over his future

By Tony Curtis.   Last Updated: 14/07/09 7:20am

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Henson: No plans to quit

Henson: No plans to quit

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Wales and Ospreys centre Gavin Henson has hit back at speculation over his future by insisting he has "absolutely no intention" of quitting rugby.

"I've certainly been having difficulties with the recurring injury but I have absolutely no intention of quitting the game."
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Reports had claimed the 27-year-old was ready to walk away from the sport after becoming disillusioned at the end of last season.

And while he admitted he was left feeling down after injuries disrupted his season and ruled him out of the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, Henson has dismissed rumours he was about to quit.

Following a meeting with officials at the Ospreys, Henson said: "I've certainly been having difficulties with the recurring injury but I have absolutely no intention of quitting the game.

"I'm receiving the best medical care to help me address the injury problem and I'm sure that I'll be able to put it behind me in the very near future."

However Henson admitted he questioned his future and whether he was cursed after he was ruled out the Lions tour.

"Those thoughts run through my head," he said.

"When I get knocked out with an injury, it is soul-destroying. Is it worth it?

"Everyone sees the press I get every time I get injured, it is tough for me and my family, it is hard to take.

Nightmare

"It is a complete nightmare again, I can't believe my luck. I'm pretty down and depressed about it at the moment, maybe I'm cursed.

"It is another difficult year, I've had an up-and-down last four years with injuries and I haven't been consistent at all - it has been tough.

"Then when I play in games the fitness isn't there because I haven't had a good run of games. There are more tough times ahead again."

Henson returned to the Ospreys on Monday as he underwent treatment on a groin injury before meeting with the club's executives.

And managing director Mike Cuddy insists the Ospreys are looking forward to seeing the talented centre back in action.

Cuddy said: "It's been very difficult for Gavin having to deal with various rumours about his retirement at a time when he is trying to recover from injury and get match-fit.

"Gavin Henson has played a significant part in the success of the Ospreys to date, and we're looking forward to seeing him perform on the pitch again next season.

"He is a genuine talent and an asset to both the Ospreys and the Welsh team, and while I know that he was extremely disappointed to miss out on the recent Lions tour, he is looking forward to re-entering the top tier of the game again in the coming season and beyond."

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