Gavin Henson “under no illusion” transition into rugby league will be tough

Gavin Henson says he is “under no illusion” of how tough the transition into rugby league will be – but it is a challenge he is relishing.

League 1 side West Wales Raiders announced the shock signing of the 38-year-old on Friday night.

Henson, who earned 33 caps for Wales in rugby union, has always had the desire to give rugby league a try and he will do in 2021 when he pulls on the Raiders’ jersey.

READ: Gavin Henson is a massive signing for West Wales Raiders, says John Kear

Henson told the club’s website: “It’s been documented that I would have liked to have a go at league when I was younger, but the opportunity was never right and having spoken to Andrew and Peter at the club everything seemed to have lined up nicely.

“This was never about Welsh caps or money but more of a personal ambition to have a go at rugby league and see how the both codes differ.

“I’m under no illusion the change is going to be a tough one and looking at the standard of League 1 it looks like a very tough but exciting competition.

“Regardless of what I have done in the past this is going to be a whole new ball game and I know I have a bit to learn, especially the difference in rules but I’m as excited as ever to get back on the field and start training with the boys.”

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