Ospreys sign up Canada winger Jeff Hassler ahead of new season
Last Updated: 08/06/13 8:07am
Jeff Hassler: Winger is thrilled to be joining Ospreys
Ospreys have confirmed the signing of Canada winger Jeff Hassler.
Hassler, 21, has won four caps for his national side and has been a key member of Canada's sevens team, playing 33 matches and scoring 13 tries.
He currently plays for Prairie Wolf Pack in the Canadian Rugby Championship.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for me to play for the Ospreys, a great team that is consistently up there at the top of the PRO12. To be a part of a squad that includes so many top Welsh players, Grand Slam winners and British Lions is a really exciting prospect," he said.
"I'm really grateful to the Ospreys for offering me this chance, I can't wait to report for training and I'm looking forward to challenging for a place in the team next season."
Ospreys rugby operations manager Andy Lloyd added: "It's no secret that we've been looking to strengthen our back three options, and in Jeff we believe we've found someone who can have a real impact.
"He is someone who has the pace needed on the wing, but also a physicality that marks him out as an impressive young athlete who is big and strong, exactly what Steve Tandy feels we need to support the wingers we have here already.
"He came to our attention when he played in Colwyn Bay last year and we've tracked him closely since then on the sevens circuit where he has consistently shown that he has real explosiveness.
"He's still very raw but the coaches are confident that he can add something different to the exciting blend we are trying to develop in our backs."