Ball relishing Scarlets switch
Australian talent signs a three-year deal
Last Updated: 20/08/12 11:11am
Simon Easterby: Sees Jake Ball as one for the future
Welsh qualified lock Jake Ball is relishing the prospect of playing for the Scarlets after signing a three-year contract with the RaboDirect Pro12 club.
The 21-year-old Australian has been training with Super Rugby side Western Force recently and is regarded as one for the future.
Ball has been impressed by the ambition of the Welsh side and is looking forward to playing European rugby under coach Simon Easterby.
"This is a brilliant opportunity for me; to get to play and work within the Scarlets set-up which has such a big reputation for progressing and supporting up and coming players."
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"This is a brilliant opportunity for me; to get to play and work within the Scarlets set-up which has such a big reputation for progressing and supporting up and coming players. It's a rugby club with a rich history and heritage that everyone recognises the world over," Ball told the club's official website.
"Having been round Parc y Scarlets now, I'm very impressed with the facilities - with everything in one rugby set-up on site both for training and match day is a real plus and the coaches obviously have a lot of ambition and energy and a real connection with their players.
"There are some experienced players and coaches in the Scarlets set-up who will no doubt push me further in my career and that's what you really want at my age.
"I'm looking forward to getting into training and hopefully getting some great opportunities in the league and to play in Europe - it's an exciting time for me and I'm eager to get going."
Easterby is delighted to add the youngster to the club's ranks and it is hoped that one day he could go on to represent Wales, a nation he qualifies for through his North Walian father.
"Jake gives us another strong option in the second row and the great thing about securing a player of his raw talent and potential at just 21, means that he can thrive, develop and progress within our systems and our set-up. He has a great stature and power and will only improve on his already impressive form," he commented.
"We'd hope that a Welsh qualified player of his potential will thrive within our environment and we can work on specific areas with him that fit into our progression as a team and squad over the next two to three years.
"It's also a positive that given with his Welsh roots, we're attracting, securing and nurturing Welsh qualified talent to play within our region and by doing so, give wider opportunity and prospects in the future for our international side.
"We're delighted he's joining us and along with other experienced and recognised international-class second rows recruited to the Scarlets squad as well, we have bolstered this area of our pack as outlined at the end of last season."