Young prop gets first Ospreys contract

The Ospreys have handed a development contract to young tight head prop Daniel Suter.

18-year old Suter from Sandfields, Port Talbot, has been rewarded for his hard work shown over the last 18 months, following on from receiving the Jewson Most Improved Elite Youth Development Award at the Ospreys End of Season Awards in May.

Schooled at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley, Suter played his club rugby at Tonmawr, and last season was captain of the Neath Port Talbot College XV. Having initially missed out on inclusion in the Ospreys U16 squad, he continued to work hard, impressing enough to be selected at U18 level before gaining his Wales cap at that age grade during last season’s Five Nations Festival in France.

Now, with his first Ospreys contract secured, Suter is looking forward to attempting to establish himself as a regional tight head. He commented:

“The intensity of the training is completely new to me but I’m learning every day. It’s been a great experience for me so far and I’m really excited about having the opportunity to work with the players and coaches here at Llandarcy

“I want to develop my skills as a player, work as hard as I can and, hopefully, I can play for the seniors one day. It’s great to be able to work players that I’ve looked up to for years, to be training with them and learning from them. Hopefully I can take this opportunity and have a long career with the Ospreys.”

Forwards Coach, Jonathan Humphreys, said that Suter has already made a positive impression at the region:

“Daniel is yet another front rower to come through at the Ospreys, who we believe has the potential to establish himself with us in the longer term. He has a great attitude, which has seen him overcome the disappointment of missing out on our U16 squad, coming back stronger to really impress and earn his place with the U18’s, gaining well deserved recognition last season.

“We have a proud history of developing front row players here, it’s no coincidence that in recent seasons we’ve provided the tight head prop to Wales at senior, U20 and U18 level. We’re delighted that Daniel has signed a development contract, and hopefully, with the right guidance and continued hard work he will be able to establish himself here and move onto the next level.”