RaboDirect Pro12: Wales stand-off Rhys Priestland signs new deal with Scarlets
Last Updated: 18/02/14 1:31pm
Rhys Priestland: Staying with the Scarlets
Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland has ended speculation about his future by extending his contract with the Scarlets.
The 26-year-old had been linked with clubs in England and France, while it is thought a contract with the Welsh Rugby Union was also an option for him.
But the Scarlets have confirmed that Priestland, who is set to wear the Wales No 10 shirt in Friday's Six Nations Championship clash against France, will be staying to add to his 127 appearances for the region.
"As Scarlets we want to push on next season, we have some exciting players to make that happen and drive us forward and I want to be part of a team that takes that ambition and helps makes it become a reality for our region."
His decision means they will retain a strong line-up of backs next season with centre Scott Williams having also signed a new contract.
Wales full-back and wing Liam Williams, exciting scrum-half talent Gareth Davies are also committed to the club and centre Regan King returns to Llanelli next season from Clermont Auvergne.
Priestland said: "I'm really pleased to secured my contract with the Scarlets going forward and continue my commitment to rugby in Wales.
"As Scarlets we want to push on next season, we have some exciting players to make that happen and drive us forward and I want to be part of a team that takes that ambition and helps makes it become a reality for our region.
"With players like Scott and Reggie (Regan King) in our squad we have some world-class talent in our team along with some of the most passionate support in world club rugby.
"The Scarlets is where I've developed as a rugby player and have been supported since I first started playing - with some good coaches and experienced senior players helping me in my career.
"It's important to me to continue my commitment to a great rugby community, environment and team that I am proud to be a part of. We have a very strong team ethic at the Scarlets, we're a tight group. It's good to belong to an environment that means a lot to me as an individual and has a real heritage and tradition as well."