Fly-half Dixon joins the Quins
FORMER Swansea fly-half James Dixon has joined Carmarthen Quins.
Dixon, who left St Helen's at the end of last season, joins lock Richard Kelly in making the switch from he All Whites to the Quins.
The 26-year-old has score more than 1,000 points in the Principality Premiership and the Quins are hopeful he will add stability to their backline.
"We'll be looking to build our attacking game around James," said team manager Steffan Thomas.
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"He's an experienced, consistent player whose reputation is built on the fact that he has scored more than 1,000 points in the Premiership. We hope to play expansively in attack, and James has the skills to help us do that.
"One of the biggest pluses is that James will be available to us all season.
"Aled Thomas was excellent for us last season but his Scarlets commitments meant that he wasn't always available.
"But with James available at 10, that will give us a chance to build our game around a consistent backline."
The 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.
"These signings will give us greater strength in depth, which is very important," added Thomas.
"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.
"Our lack of strength in depth told but, with these two new signings, hopefully we can compete at the top and be in the mix come the end of the season."