Bradley Davies has shrugged off weekend reports linking him to the Cardiff Blues, reaffirming his commitment to the Ospreys ahead of the new season.
Currently enjoying his belated break after Wales’s games against South Africa and Argentina last month, the second row will report back for pre-season duty later this summer to prepare for his third season with the region and, following speculation over the last 48 hours, Davies said:
“I’m not sure where this has come from. I’ve no intention of leaving the Ospreys, it’s not something that’s even entered my mind.”
Davies has featured regularly for both the Ospreys and Wales over the last year, starting 21 times in the Guinness PRO14 and Champions Cup, as well as playing in every Six Nations game this spring before playing twice on tour last month, his physicality and durability making him one of the first names on the team sheet for region and country in 2017/18.
His fine form was recognised in May when he picked up the Coaches’ Player of the Year at the Ospreys end of season dinner.
“I think it’s been said I’m too old” laughed Davies.
“Obviously I’ve had strong ties with the Blues as I spent the biggest chunk of my career there and have a lot of lifetime friends at the club, but I’m just focused on, and excited about, what we are trying to build here at the Ospreys, working with a great coach in Allen Clarke.
“Hopefully he can keep this old man going for years to come.”
Allen Clarke added:
“Bradley has been fantastic since I joined the Ospreys so it’s great to hear him talking about his commitment to the region. He is a leader who offers a lot to the environment on and off the field, he’s an important figure for us and I’m looking forward to seeing him help drive us forward this season.”