Emyr Lewis warns Gavin Henson over possible Ospreys return

Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2005

Former Wales flanker Emyr Lewis has said Gavin Henson will have plenty to prove if he rejoins the Ospreys.

BBC Sport Wales understands Henson has held talks with the Ospreys over a possible return to the Liberty Stadium.

The 29-year-old Wales centre left the region last October and spent brief spells with Saracens and Toulon.

"He's got to start from scratch, he's got a point to prove not only to himself and supporters but to his fellow players," Lewis told BBC Wales.

"They're going to give him some serious grief if he starts playing about again and putting 100% into the game."

Henson was included in Wales' provisional World Cup squad and made his first international appearance in two years against the Barbarians in June.

He started in Wales' 19-9 victory over England at the Millennium Stadium but a wrist injury sustained during the game means he will miss the World Cup.

The injury is likely to keep him out until mid-November and the BBC understands a number of teams including the Ospreys have expressed an interest in signing the British Lion.

Henson is without a club after he left French Super 14 side Toulon at the end of last season.

During his time in the south of France he was embroiled in an off-field incident that led to a one-week ban.

Toulon cited financial pressures and Henson's possible involvement in the World Cup as the reason for not retaining Henson.

He spent a brief spell with Aviva Premiership side Saracens, after his release from the Ospreys in October 2010 after citing personal reasons for wanting to move to a London club.

But in June Henson spoke of his desire to return to the Ospreys in the future and said: "I'd like to think they'd [the Ospreys] take me [back] on."

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