Ospreys can confirm hooker Scott Baldwin has re-signed for the regional rugby franchise after spending three years across the border playing in the English Premiership.
Baldwin, 33, requested to leave Worcester Warriors on compassionate grounds and the Ospreys are delighted to be able to offer him the opportunity to resume his rugby career in Wales.
He will join with immediate effect and has signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season.
The Bridgend-born front rower left the Ospreys in 2019 after a successful decade at the Swansea.com Stadium before signing for Harlequins.
During his time at the Ospreys he established himself as a strong scrummager, an abrasive ball carrier and became a mainstay of the Wales squad that reached the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals.
He made 165 appearances for the Ospreys, scoring nine tries and has been capped 34 times by Wales.
Baldwin’s rugby career began with Bridgend and he was part of the Harlequins squad that lifted the English Premiership title last season.
Scott Baldwin, Ospreys and Wales hooker, said:
“I am very grateful to the Ospreys for stepping in and offering me the chance to resume my career in Wales. The Ospreys is my home region and I have always been an Ospreys supporter.
“It is where I established myself and I still have good friends at the Ospreys. Having worked with Toby before, I know what he expects and look forward to playing my role within the team and to develop the younger players.
“But my mindset is to be the number one hooker at the Ospreys. I know no other way and everyone can see the changes at the region and how things have really started to move forward.”