Wasps today confirm that international second row Bradley Davies will return to Wales next season to take up a national dual contract with the WRU and Ospreys.
The 29-year-old lock, who has already won 54 caps for Wales, is keen to further his international career and has earned a central contract with the WRU through his impressive performances for club and country over the past two seasons. Wasps are keen to support Bradley in fulfilling these international aspirations and have reached an agreement with the WRU to release him a year early from his contract.
Davies arrived at Wasps ahead of the 2014/15 season and has gone on to make 37 appearances in black and gold, using his international experience and game savvy to the benefit of Wasps pack.
Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "We will obviously be sad to see Bradley leave as he is a great character to have around the training ground and has played a key role over the past couple of seasons in helping our pack develop a harder edge. His physical presence and work around the pitch has made a big impact for us during that time.
"However, we want to support our players in their international ambitions and understand this will be easier for Bradley back in Wales. It’s also a good opportunity for his family to be able to head home and we wish them all the very best for the future."
Bradley Davies added: "I’d like to thank Dai and the coaching team here at Wasps for the past couple of seasons and in particular Dai, Derek and the Wasps Board for agreeing to release me a year early to return to Wales.
“It is the hardest decision I have had to make in my career, as I have loved my time at Wasps and have really enjoyed being part of a great group of boys here. I have no doubt this squad will go on to win titles in the coming years and it will be hard to leave a club which is on the up. Some people may think I’m mad leaving now given the direction Wasps is moving in, but I feel this is the right move for my family and I at this stage of my career and I am excited about returning to Wales and joining Ospreys.
"My daughter starts school this year and it is important to us as a family for her to be in a Welsh speaking school. I have been lucky to travel the world through international tours and my family has been great in supporting me during that time and during our time in London. This is a fantastic opportunity to move home and for us to be based in Wales near our family. I am fortunate to have been given a central contract by the WRU, which means a great deal to me and will allow me to get the best out of my remaining years in international rugby and playing for Ospreys.
"For the rest of the season my full focus is on Wasps, with an Aviva Premiership Semi Final to prepare for, and I will be giving everything to try to help Wasps reach the Premiership Final."