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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 July 2007, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Scarlets players sign extensions
Wales flanker Gavin Thomas is one player to commit to the Scarlets
Wales flanker Gavin Thomas is one player to commit to the Scarlets
Llanelli Scarlets have been boosted by several players signing extensions to their current deals.

Wales internationals Gavin Thomas, Iestyn Thomas and Matthew Rees have all signed for an extra three years.

Scotland lock Scott MacLeod has also committed himself to another three years with the Welsh region.

Likewise, rising talents Gavin Evans, Darren Daniel, Ceiron Thomas, hooker Ken Owens and centre Jon Davies have penned three-year contract extensions.

Second row Vernon Cooper, number eight Nathan Thomas and Wales Sevens captain Jonathan Edwards have signed one-year extensions.

The news is a further boost for the Scarlets this week after they gained planning permission connected with plans to build a new 15,000-seater stadium at Pemberton.

We've got plenty of talent within the region

Scarlets director of rugby Phil Davies

Planning permission to build 450 homes on the Scarlets' famous but aging Stradey Park ground was needed to make the project financially viable.

Scarlets chief executive Stuart Gallacher said: "I am absolutely delighted to announce the extensions of the contracts of the players concerned.

"It will ensure that when we move to our fantastic new stadium we will have a core of very established Scarlets players in place."

A quartet of Scarlets Academy players, all Wales Under-19 caps, have been elevated to the regional squad for the early part of the season, when senior players will be on Rugby World Cup duty.

Flankers Nic Cudd (from Ponthenri) and Josh Turnball (Newcastle Emlyn), centre Rhys Williams (Burry Port) and full-back Daniel Evans (Ammanford) have all been handed the chance to impress.

Director of rugby Phil Davies said: "We've got plenty of talent within the Scarlets region who have developed outstandingly well over the years.

"When you add the experienced players to the equation, it offers the Scarlets' future plenty of stability.

"With the current crop of Scarlets involved, I'm sure we can produce a new and exciting future."

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