Pro12: Sam Davies signs three-year Ospreys deal
Pro12: Out-half Sam Davies signs a three-year professional deal with Ospreys
Sam Davies is grateful for the chance realise his dream after signing a three-year professional contract with the Ospreys.
The 20-year-old outside-half—who can also play at full-back—has enjoyed a breakthrough 18 months which saw him pick up the IRB junior world player of the year award in 2013 after helping Wales to the Junior World Championship final.
Obviously I’d say I want to play 10 as that’s where I’ve always played until this season but I realise that with Dan in front of me it’s not going to be easy
Former Gorseinon and Swansea product Davies also played 20 times for the Ospreys in all competitions, including 15 times in the RaboDirect Pro12 with 11 starts.
“This is my home region and it’s somewhere I’m really happy to be,” Davies said. “I think it’s a good place for me to be in terms of my ongoing development as a player and improve my game so I’m grateful for the opportunity and really pleased to sign this contract.
“I’ve really enjoyed being involved with the senior team and getting some experience this season, and I’ve got a real challenge ahead of me over the next three years to keep on improving and to establish myself fully within the group.”
Despite becoming a regular with the Ospreys, the son of former Scarlets and Gloucester coach Nigel Davies has had to make do with being deployed at full-back rather than his preferred outside-half position with Wales star Dan Biggar having a stand-out season at the pivotal position.
Rather than seeing it as a setback, Davies admits he is happy to play and has ambitions on taking the coveted 10 jersey off the 24-year-old incumbent, who was the top points scorer in the league and named the players’ player of the year and included in the Pro12 dream team.
“I’ve had plenty of game time over this last year, mostly at 15, and I’m just pleased to be playing” Davies added.
“Obviously I’d say I want to play 10 as that’s where I’ve always played until this season but I realise that with Dan in front of me it’s not going to be easy.”
Having a coach—and former Wales international centre—for a father will have played a part in his development and Davies, tipped as a star of the future, appears remarkably grounded and someone who understands his role and is prepared to wait for his chance to shine, despite his lofty ambitions.
“If it means I’m involved on a match day I’ll play wherever the coaches want me to and use that opportunity to show what I can do and to gain more experience,” he said. “That’s what every young player has to do when they get given their chance, and I’m no different.
“Nothing happens overnight. It’s a long-term thing and it’s about continuing to work hard, keeping your feet on the ground and progressing your game.
“It’s a long season and there are plenty of games so hopefully I can continue.
“Moving things forward over the next three years I think we’ve got a really good young squad developing with competition for places, and hopefully we can really start to show that on the field.”