Double boost for Carmarthen Quins as lock and fly-half make switch west
CARMARTHEN Quins hope new signings Richard Kelly and James Dixon can inspire a stronger challenge for the Welsh Premiership title next season.
Former Swansea second row Kelly, 24, will play his club rugby with the Quins next term after joining the Scarlets from the Ospreys, while fly-half Dixon, 26, is also making the switch from St Helen's.
Quins were one of the Premiership's surprise packages last term, coming close to claiming a place in the end-of-season play-offs before falling away in the final stages.
Inconsistency away from home and a lack of strength in depth were cited as reasons for their disappointing finish, but Quins team manager Steffan Thomas reckons their new additions can remedy those ills.
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"These signings will give us greater strength in depth, which is very important," he said. "Having qualified for the British and Irish Cup next season, we'll need much more depth than we had last season.
"Richard and James will more than likely be first-team players, so it's good to have more competition for places in the squad.
"We won 11 of our 13 home league matches last season, but we let ourselves down with our away form.
Injuries restricted Kelly to just one start in four years with the Ospreys, but Thomas reckons a move further west will benefit the 6ft 6in lock.