Justin Tipuric swayed by Ospreys' vision of 'bright future'

Flanker Justin Tipuric has made 94 appearances for Ospreys since his debut in the 2009-10 season
Flanker Justin Tipuric has made 94 appearances for Ospreys since his debut in the 2009-10 season

Wales flanker Justin Tipuric says Ospreys' plans for the future made it a simple decision to re-sign.

The 25-year-old signed a new three-year contract with the Welsh region earlier in December despite interest from clubs including Leicester and Toulouse.

"It was quite a tough decision for me to go anywhere else being a local boy and a fan," said the Trebanos product.

Tipuric also said "there was no talk of [Welsh Rugby Union] dual-contracts" as he pondered his future.

Wales captain and Tipuric's open-side rival Sam Warburton, of Cardiff Blues, and Ospreys' recently-arrived Wales blind-side Dan Lydiate are among those to have signed dual deals.

That makes the WRU the dominant party in national-regional deals as the governing body funds 60% of players' contracts and their region the rest.

Dan Lydiate
Dan Lydiate takes on Scarlets in their festive derby

Tipuric made his Wales debut against Argentina in 2011, the first of 27 Wales appearances.

He also won a British and Irish Lions Test cap on the 2013 tour to Australia.

The skills of the pacy back-row, who is 6ft 2in and 16 stone, made Tipuric a target for other clubs as his previous Ospreys deal ran down.

"It's a good place to be at the minute and the future they talk about and where we're going looks really bright," said Tipuric.

"There was quite strong interest, but I made the decision to stay with the Ospreys.

"It was quite flattering with the teams that show interest in you, but it would have been a big decision for me and my family to move away.

"You get offers, but at the end of the day the Ospreys were the ones who were really keen to sign me and there was no talk of [Welsh Rugby Union] dual-contracts or anything."

Ospreys returned to the top of the Pro12 table with a in a hard-fought Welsh derby on Saturday.

The match saw Tipuric joined in the back-row by fellow Wales and Lions star Dan Lydiate, who was making his first start after joining from Racing Metro in France.

"It's excellent to be honest, the back-row we've got now there's strength in depth and the competition is phenomenal," Tipuric added.

"You've got to be working hard for the team to make sure you're playing week in week out, and you're working together as a three as well then."