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James Hook confirms return to the Ospreys

It's been confirmed James Hook has signed a deal that will see him returning to his home region, the Ospreys, at the end of this season.

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The 31-year old has signed a three-year contract, and will head back to the Liberty Stadium six years after leaving to experience life in the Top 14 with Perpignan.

The second highest points scorer in Ospreys history, Hook moved to Gloucester in the summer of 2014, and is currently in his third season at Kingsholm.

Speaking about his return, Hook couldn't hide his excitement.

It’s been fantastic to go away to new places, get some unbelievable experiences in England and France with two great clubs, but I’m coming home to a team that’s going places, with good coaches who I know well and a quality squad with some world class players and really exciting young talent. It’s good for me personally, as a rugby player, and it’s the right thing for my family, to be coming home.

– James Hook

Capped 81 times by Wales, Hook has seen it all as a player at the top level, from Magners League titles at the Ospreys, to Grand Slams, Lions tours and, at Gloucester, success in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, but he admits to always holding out for the day he would report back to Llandarcy Academy of Sport for training.

“I always planned, or hoped, that I’d come back but six years is a long time” he said.

The signing of James Hook comes just a day after the Ospreys’ newest Wales international, Sam Davies, signed a new contract, while Justin Tipuric, Dan Baker and Dan Lydiate (NDC) have also recommitted in recent weeks.