Owens pens fresh contract
WALES hooker Ken Owens believes the future is bright for the Scarlets after signing a new contract with the region.
Owens, who is currently on Six Nations duty with Wales, has penned an extension which will keep him at Parc y Scarlets until 2015.
The 26-year-old from Carmarthen will be looking to establish himself as the Scarlets' first-choice hooker next season, with Matthew Rees joining the Blues at the end of this campaign.
Owens follows the lead of Wales team-mate Aaron Shingler in signing a new contract with the Scarlets, and the Carmarthen Athletic product is excited about the future at his home region.
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"I'm delighted to be staying at the Scarlets — the region that I grew up in, where I feel at home and that has fully supported my rugby career to date," he said.
"I look forward to pushing on with my ambitions at both regional and international level by continuing to play my rugby in Wales.
"There is plenty to look forward to and I am pleased to be committed to Scarlets rugby now as competition and some depth in key positions builds in our squad."
Owens has featured in all four of Wales's Six Nations matches to date this year, impressing with his cameo appearances from the bench.
The man known as 'Cannonball Ken' is expected to be involved when Wales face England in Saturday's title decider at the Millennium Stadium, and then it will be back to regional duty.
Owens will return to a Scarlets side who currently sit in the fourth and final play-off place in the RaboDirect Pro12, and he is looking forward to putting his weight behind their bid for the title.
"The boys have done well in recent weeks to keep us in the top four of the RaboDirect Pro12 and, thanks to their hard work, we have an exciting finish to the league season when we return to Parc y Scarlets," he said.
"We have a first-class rugby environment at Parc y Scarlets to train and play at, and I'm just happy to be staying and grateful to all the Scarlets coaches I've worked with for the opportunities and support I have been given to date."