Scarlets continue to build squad depth with 17 players signing new contracts

Scarlets continue to build squad depth with 17 players signing new contracts

Scarlets can announce that 17 players have agreed new contracts ahead of the start of the 2020-21 season.

Among them are four Wales internationals — British & Irish Lion Leigh Halfpenny, fly-half Rhys Patchell, scrum-half Gareth Davies and prop Samson Lee.

Halfpenny, capped 89 times for his country with three Lions tours under his belt, joined the Scarlets from Toulon in 2017 and was a member of the side that reached the Champions Cup semi-finals and Guinness PRO14 final that season. 

Patchell arrived in West Wales from Cardiff Blues in 2016 and played a key role in the PRO12 title-winning squad.

Davies and Lee both came through the Scarlets age-grade system and are both seasoned performers on the international stage.

Back-rower Josh Macleod, one of the Scarlets’ outstanding players during the curtailed 2019-20 season, wing Ryan Conbeer, fly-half Dan Jones, scrum-half Kieran Hardy and centre Steff Hughes all hail from West Wales and have played significant roles this term.

Another who has stood out, Angus O’Brien, is among the renewals, adding to an exciting pool of fly-halves that also includes new signing, Wales U20s No. 10 Sam Costelow, who has joined from Leicester Tigers.

Others to have penned new deals are props Phil Price and Steff Thomas, second row Josh Helps, wing Tom Rogers; highly-rated Wales U20s locks Jac Price and Morgan Jones and talented back Joe Roberts. Rogers, Price, Jones and Roberts have signed their first professional contracts after graduating from the Academy.

In all, 13 of the 17 players have been part of the Scarlets pathway, while another home-grown talent, Wales international wing Steff Evans, agreed a fresh deal earlier this year.

Players who have agreed new contracts

Leigh Halfpenny
Rhys Patchell
Gareth Davies
Samson Lee
Josh Macleod
Kieran Hardy
Ryan Conbeer
Dan Jones
Steff Hughes
Angus O’Brien
Phil Price
Tom Rogers
Steff Thomas
Josh Helps
Morgan Jones
Jac Price
Joe Roberts

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