Scarlets centre makes unexpected move to Leicester Tigers - Ruck

Scarlets centre makes unexpected move to Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers are set to seal a deal for Gareth Owen after the centre was released from his Scarlets contract.

The 28-year-old had been with the Welsh side since 2012, but wanted to leave a year before his deal ends after making just nine appearances last season.

He said: “I would like to thank the Scarlets for the opportunities I’ve had over the last five years.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at the region and was honoured to wear the jersey, but have been frustrated with limited game time in recent months.

“I’m grateful to the Scarlets for allowing me to pursue this exciting opportunity and wish all the boys well as they look to retain the PRO12 trophy in 2017-18.

Scarlets general manager of rugby Jon Daniels added: “Having expressed a desire to move on from the Scarlets due to a lack of game time we have come to an agreement with Gareth allowing him to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

“Strength in depth in the backline limited Gareth’s opportunities in the Scarlets jersey last season.

“Despite being disappointed to see a player of his calibre leave the region, we wish him well for the future.”