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Scarlets delight at David Lyons' return to Llanelli

David Lyons
The Scarlets signed Lyons on a four-year deal from the Waratahs in 2008

David Lyons is back at the Scarlets for pre-season training, ending widespread rumours that the Australian number eight would be leaving the region.

"I really want to be part of this Scarlets squad going forward, there is a lot to look forward to," said Lyons.

The 30-year-old signed a four-year deal with the Llanelli-based side in 2008, and has been a near ever-present since.

The 43-cap Wallaby had a clause in his contract that could have allowed him to leave after two years.

"[Lyons' return is] excellent news for the region," Scarlets team manager Garan Evans told BBC Sport Wales.

"There's obviously been a lot of speculation that he may be leaving.

"Like most players these days he had an option after two years, but he is happy to stay and we as a region are delighted.

"It's great for us, David Lyons is an exceptional player who has played nearly every game for us in the last two seasons - and to an excellent standard, he's become a bit of a favourite with the supporters.

I did have the option to look at some other offers

David Lyons

"We hope that this can help us build for next season and for the future."

Lyons, who represented the Wallabies at two World Cups, has made 59 appearances in the past two seasons for the region, missing only three competitive games since his arrival from Australia where he played for the Waratahs.

He played in all 30 of the Scarlets' league and cup matches in his first season and was rested for just three last season when he took over the captaincy in the injury absence of wing Mark Jones.

"I did have the option to look at some other offers but I wanted to stay with the Scarlets and for me it is the best place to be," said Lyons.

"We have a lot of work to do, but it's a really good group, both players and coaches, and I'm confident we are going in the right direction and I want to play my part in that.

"The region has great supporters, they're really passionate about their rugby we have a brilliant facility here at Parc y Scarlets and the focus now has to be on achieving more consistency as a team next season."



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