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BREAKING: Another International star departs Bristol Bears

The Scarlets have made an exciting signing ahead of the 2023-24 season, securing the services of Ioan Lloyd from Bristol and Wales.

The 22-year-old fly-half, who is also comfortable playing across the backline, returns to Welsh rugby after four years with Bristol.

Lloyd is a talented player who has already been capped twice by Wales, having been given his chance by former coach Wayne Pivac in 2020.

His ability to read the game and make decisive decisions has already been recognised at the international level, and he is seen as a player with a bright future ahead of him.

“I feel the Scarlets’ game-plan will suit my style of play and I’m excited to get stuck in,” said Lloyd. “I’m looking forward to joining up with the squad and helping the team achieve success on the field.”

Lloyd’s rugby journey began with the Cardiff Blues pathway, but he joined Clifton College where he was scouted by Bristol.

He made his debut for Bristol at the age of just 18, becoming the club’s youngest player in the English Premiership, and made an immediate impact by scoring a try off the bench in a derby against Bath.

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The 25-year-old, who has 14 caps for England, enjoyed a prolific loan spell at Ashton Gate between 2020 and 2021, scoring 18 tries in 19 matches and helping the Bears to a maiden European title and top spot in the Gallagher Premiership.

Last season’s leading try scorer in the Gallagher Premiership with 16, full-back Malins signs a two-year deal at Ashton Gate.

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam, said:

“Max is already one of the top players in the Gallagher Premiership and he made a huge impact during his loan spell with us at the Bears. We are all looking forward to welcoming him back into our team again.

Malins added:

“I’m delighted to have signed with the Bears. During my loan period, I was made to feel very welcome by the fans, thoroughly enjoyed my rugby and made some good friends. I look forward to returning and hope to carry on where I left off.”

Max Malins of England goes over for a try during the Six Nations Championship, Calcutta Cup match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on February 4th 2023. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK