Priestland set to stay in Wales

Rhys Priestland, one of the most notable names in Welsh rugby, is ready to buck the trend of recent times and extend his stay in his homeland for another few seasons at least.

With the battle of wits for power between the Welsh Rugby Union or WRU and the four major regions of rugby in the country still showing no signs of coming to a conclusion anytime soon, many big names in Welsh rugby have decided their futures in the domestic game lies far away from Wales itself.

A number of the top players in the country have been offered contracts by big name club abroad and they look to cash in on those offers, partly due to the uncertainty that has been raging in the domestic game and the uncertainty regarding which tournaments they will be playing in come the new season.

Not only Priestland, a number of home grown players come to the end of their contracts at the end of the current season. Sam Warburton as well as Leigh Halfpenny has yet to reveal where they will be playing their rugby the next season where as the likes of Alun-Wyn Jones, Scott Williams and Adam Jones are also coming to the end of their contracts and will have to decide their futures immediately.

While many of them could choose to pursue their careers abroad, according to media reports in Wales, Priestland is ready to stay in Wales a little longer. However, it is not clear whether he will sign a new contract with his club the Scarlets or take up the option of the central contract offer from the Welsh Rugby Union.

The player was linked to a move to England with Gloucester Rugby or the London Wasps but his decision to stay put is a huge boost.