Henson joins Cardiff Blues

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Updated: October 18, 2011

Wales and former British and Irish Lions back Gavin Henson has joined the Cardiff Blues

The utility back has been without a club since leaving French club Toulon after off field disciplinary problems.

It was expected that the deal will be officially announced on Wednesday but the move was confirmed after Arruga Sports, who represent Henson tweeted “Congratulations to Gavin Henson for signing with Cardiff Blues… great news!”

Later on Tuesday, the Cardiff Blues announced the signing on their official website.

Henson appeared on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing before joining Saracens but his stay at Vicarage Road was short lived after a lack of game time meant a lucrative deal offered by Toulon saw the former Wales international jet off to the South of France.

His move to the Top 14 club wasn’t successful though and despite some fine performances on the field, once again his off field antics stole the limelight and he was released.

The former British and Irish Lion was hopeful of making it into Wales’ World Cup squad following an international recall because of his fine form in France. His hopes of making the plane to New Zealand were dashed though after suffering a broken arm during the warm up game with Argentina.

Speaking on the news, Henson told the Cardiff Blues ‘official website that he is looking forward to getting back on the pitch.

“I’ve been saying I wanted to play back in Wales and I’m glad of the opportunity that Cardiff Blues have given me.”

“I just want to do everything I can to make them happy and enjoy my rugby. I’m glad I’ve signed here.”

“There’s been huge rivalry between the Blues and the Ospreys over the years, and I’ve been part of that, so to leave and join the Blues is a bit strange.”

“I’m sure when I meet up with all the boys it will be fine as I know most of them. When I do run out for my first game for the Blues, I will be Blues through and through.”

“It’s my first time at the stadium and the facilities I’ve seen at the Blues, from the training facility to the stadium, are incredible. It’s a very exciting time for me.”

Henson is a double grand slam winner and is still just 29.

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