Ospreys confirm Henson is to join Saracens

Ann Widdecombe could yet stand on the poor boy's toes and wreck the whole thing, but assuming Gavin Henson survives the perils of the BBC ballroom, he will be playing Premiership rugby for Saracens sooner rather than later. Ospreys, his long-suffering employers, last night released the celebrity centre from the remainder of his contract after striking a deal with the ambitious Watford-based club.

While the Welsh region bade him a generous farewell, there was no hint of sweetness and light about it. "I am disappointed and frustrated, as one thing we all want to see is Gavin Henson back in an Ospreys shirt," said Mike Cuddy, their managing director, who spent much of the last 19 months insisting that if and when the Lions midfielder ended his self-imposed exile from the sport, it would be at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. "Circumstances have not allowed it to happen," he continued. "It is necessary that we make this decision in order to allow everyone to move forward from the current position.

"I know how strong Gavin's personal desire is to play at a World Cup. It has been a long-term ambition of his and I certainly don't want to be the person who prevented him from achieving that aim by standing in his way."

Henson trained with Saracens on Monday and is expected to be formally paraded in the black shirt within the next couple of days.

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