Ospreys Rugby are delighted to announce Scott Otten as the latest player to sign a new deal with the region.
- Scott Otten follows his Pentrehafod Comprehensive School, Waunarlwydd RFC, Swansea RFC team-mate, Nicky Smith in re-signing for his home region
- Has played 88 times since his debut in March 2014, scoring 7 tries
- Five players have now committed, with Cory Allen, Dan Evans and Luke Morgan also putting pen to paper
The 24-year old hooker follows in the footsteps of his old Pentrehafod Comprehensive School, Waunarlwydd RFC, Swansea RFC and Ospreys age-grade team-mate, Nicky Smith, who also put pen to paper on a new contract last week.
Otten is the fifth current Osprey to agree a new deal, signing up for two more years, with Cory Allen, Dan Evans and Luke Morgan also confirmed as staying at the Liberty Stadium.
Speaking after extending his time with his home region, Otten said he is targeting more starts for the Ospreys next season, after featuring regularly over the last two campaigns:
“I’ve been here since I was 16, coming through the age-grade, and I just want to play for the Ospreys as long as possible. To have the opportunity to sign another two-year deal, I was really excited.
“I’ve had quite a lot of games this season and I’ve enjoyed every single one. I want to start more games next season if I can. I want to keep developing, I think you have to keep developing right throughout your career, regardless of your age or how many caps you’ve had. For me, it’s to be as accurate as possible, working with Clarkie who as an international hooker himself gets the hooker’s mind-set. It’s exciting for me.”
A product of the Ospreys development pathway, Otten featured regularly for Swansea RFC in the Premiership, playing 26 times for the All Whites between 2012 and 2014.
It was in March 2014 that he made his Ospreys debut at the age of 19 as a replacement in a 34-9 win over Cardiff Blues at the Liberty Stadium. His 50th appearance came in September 2017, away to the Cheetahs, and he has now played 88 times for the Ospreys, scoring seven tries, having featured on 21 occasions in each of the last two seasons as he cemented his place as a key figure in the squad.
Head Coach, Allen Clarke, welcomed the news of Scott’s re-signing, saying:
“Scott is someone who has played a lot of rugby for us this season. He’s another talented local boy who’s passionate about the region. He’s young, with enormous potential to progress further in the game. We want to see him really kick on over the next two years to achieve that potential.
“I’m expecting to see him competing with Sam Parry, Ifan Phillips and young Dewi Lake to be the number one choice for the hooker’s jersey.”