Scarlets snap up New Zealand winger Frazier Climo
THE Scarlets have signed a New Zealand wing ahead of the start of their RaboDirect Pro12 campaign.
The Evening Post understands that Taranaki's Frazier Climo has agreed to link up with Simon Easterby's side for the new season.
Easterby has confirmed that a deal has been done on a winger who is due to arrive in the opening couple of months of the campaign.
"We have signed a back-three player, but he won't come in for a month or so because of his commitments. He is playing in New Zealand's provincial competition (ITM Cup) at the moment. We aren't quite ready to announce who it is, but it is pretty much done, we have just got to make sure it is done in the right channels."
Asked about the prospect of further signings, Easterby added: "We are still out looking, it is about finding the right player, but we are not going to sign a player just for the sake of it.
"There are a lot of comments flying around about who we should sign, but at the end of the day it has got to be the right person and right player. We are not going to throw good money after bad just to sign someone for the sake of it."
Climo, 26, has enjoyed a previous spell in the UK having played for Scottish club side Ayr. He can also play at full-back and fly-half and has an impressive 80-plus per cent kicking rate at goal.
Easterby was speaking at the announcement that British Lions centre Jonathan Davies and last year's skipper Rob McCusker will operate as joint captains for the coming season.
They will be supported by a 'leadership group' that will include the likes of fellow Wales internationals Ken Owens and Rhys Priestland.
Explaining the decision, Easterby said: "What we do lack at the club is a bit of maturity age-wise.
"We have experienced players, but in terms of age we have just two players over 30, Deacon Manu and Phil John.
"In the last few years we have lost some older players like Sean Lamont, Stephen Jones and Matthew Rees, so we wanted to look at how we could improve our leadership.
"We as a coaching group didn't always give Rob the support he needed last year to develop his leadership.
"We felt we had a couple of leaders in the group to assist, and with Jon stepping up as he did last year, we felt there were enough games and enough work for two players to take on the captaincy role.
"They will share the responsibilities from week to week — obviously both won't be able to play each week — and we will decide each week who is the best to lead the team.
"Waikato Chiefs did something similar in the Super 15 with Clarke and Messam as their captains. In a long season there are a lot of demands on a captain, on and off the field. Sharing that responsibility is one of the reasons why we have made this alteration."
Davies himself said the appointment was a huge honour.
"I have grown up in the region so this is a proud moment for me," he said.
"Last year Rob was appointed captain and virtually left alone to do it; hopefully we can share the role and work together.
"There are a lot of boys like myself, Rob, Rhys and Ken who have played a lot of games for the Scarlets and it is important we set standards and keep those standards high.
"We can't accept mediocrity."