Former Dragon Joe Bearman relishing fresh Ospreys start

Joe Bearman
Ospreys back-row Joe Bearman has had several injury-wrecked seasons

New Ospreys signing Joe Bearman wants to put a frustrating last year behind him as he looks forward to his first season at the Liberty Stadium.

The English back-rower joined the Ospreys from the Dragons, after a final season in Newport blighted by injuries.

But the 32-year-old Bearman, who qualifies to play for Wales, is now fully fit and has not given up hope of earning a first Welsh cap.

"I'm feeling really good and I can't wait for the new season," said Bearman.

"It's been really frustrating for me over the last few years. Staying fit for me this season would be really good."

There were concerns last year that Bearman's long-standing groin problem could have been career-threatening.

But, having regained his fitness, Bearman is relishing the prospect of a fresh start with the Ospreys.

"The Ospreys are a big team, and the depth of the squad will help when the Wales players are away at the World Cup," added Bearman, who joined the Dragons from the Cornish Pirates in 2005.

"There are players with experience and plenty of good young players coming through. We're building to a big future."

Before injuries struck in previous seasons, Bearman had been touted for a call-up to the Wales squad.

And although the imposing Cornishman is now 32, he still has ambitions to play international rugby: "I would love to think I still have a chance of playing for Wales.

"I am just going to concentrate on playing for the Ospreys, but I would love to have a Welsh cap."

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