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Will Taylor to join Scarlets at end of season


Wasps can today confirm that Will Taylor will return to Wales next season with Scarlets.

Taylor joined Wasps from Ospreys in 2012 but two serious bicep injuries put him out of action for almost a year, before his return to fitness and match action against Cardiff Blues in February this year.
Will Taylor, who has made 39 appearances for Wasps in total, said: "The past three seasons at Wasps have been hugely memorable for me. Dai [Young] gave me a big opportunity to come up here and I have loved my time at the Club.
"When I came to Wasps I had played three professional games for the Ospreys so I didn’t know what to expect. To get an opportunity as a 21-year-old tight head was amazing for me. I didn’t really know how I was going to go when I first moved up, but playing more than 20 games in my first season was a massive achievement for me.
"I managed to back that up with another good run of performances, but then unfortunately I suffered the injury and effectively missed a year, but the physios here were brilliant and got me through that and I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my career next season, back home in Wales with the Scarlets."
Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "Will suffered two bad injuries and has worked extremely hard to get back playing. He showed before his injury that he was certainly heading in the right direction as a young tight head. Will played a number of games for Wasps and was improving with every match.
"He’s at the stage of his career now where he needs regular first team rugby and with Italian international Lorenzo Cittadini, Jake Cooper-Woolley and Phil Swainston playing so well, it was always going to be tough to get the game-time he needs here.  Hopefully when he returns home and joins Scarlets he will get an opportunity to build some game-time and I can only see him going from strength to strength.
"It’s the nature of professional sport that players move on and as Wasps’ squad is becoming more competitive year-on-year sometimes regular first team starts will be limited."
With the following players having already extended their contracts with Wasps; Josh Bassett, Chris Bell, James Cannon, Carlo Festuccia, James Haskell, Nathan Hughes, Ruaridh Jackson, Ben Jacobs, Joe Launchbury, Simon McIntyre and Phil Swainston, in addition to the players already committed to the club, Young is happy with how his squad is shaping up for next season:
"I am very pleased with the squad we are building here at Wasps with new signings Frank Halai, Jimmy Gopperth and Dan Robson arriving next season to complement the talented squad we already have. However, there is still so much to focus on this season with a European Quarter Final to look forward to and the battle for a top six finish to re-qualify for Europe."

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