Gavin Henson vows to return to Ospreys

Gavin Henson, an Osprey in 2008
Gavin Henson became an Osprey when they were formed as a region in 2003

Gavin Henson has played down reports that he is poised to join Cardiff Blues.

Henson insists he wants to return to Wales at some point, but would only consder joining the Blues - or another Welsh region - if the Ospreys were to deny him the chance to rejoin them.

"I'd like to think they'd [the Ospreys] take me [back] on.

"But if that's not an option then of course I'm open to any of the other regions when I do come back to Wales."

Henson controversially left the Ospreys in October for Saracens, then moved to Toulon in February, but is now out of contract after the French club turned down the chance to keep him there for two more seasons.

The 29-year-old became an Osprey when his club, Swansea merged with Neath to form the region in 2003.

But after more than 10 years playing in the area and having been on a self-imposed break from the game that began with a foot injury in March 2009, the Ospreys eventually agreed to Henson's release.

The player later revealed he wanted to move to London to be nearer his children from his former relationship with singer and celebrity Charlotte Church.

He joined Saracens, but only four months later left for Toulon and says family issues remain a major factor in his long-term playing future.

How he fares on his Wales return against the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday and his chances of making the 2011 World Cup squad will also play a part in Henson's decision.

He said: "I have no idea what the future holds at the minute. For me it just all depends on Saturday now, just whether Wales want me or not and I'll look at it then.

"Hopefully I'll have options out there. I really enjoyed playing down in the south of France and playing in that league [French Top 14].

"I probably would like to keep on playing in it, but I am going to come back and play in Wales so hopefully one of the clubs will want me.

"Obviously I've got a strong allegiance to the Ospreys so I'd like to think they'd take me back on.

"But if not then I'll find somewhere else.

"As my kids are in Wales I'm always going to come back. Whether that's next season or a year or two, I'm not sure.

"I haven't heard anything at all [from Cardiff Blues]. Like I said, if I do come back into Wales I'd give the Ospreys the first option.

"That's where I've played all my rugby - with the Ospreys - and I've got a strong tie.

"I'd like to think they'd take me on, but if that's not an option then of course I'm open to any of the other regions when I do come back to Wales."

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