Keys coach hits out at Dragons as Gerwyn Price heads for Glasgow

South Wales Argus: GLASGOW-BOUND: Cross Keys hooker Gerwyn Price GLASGOW-BOUND: Cross Keys hooker Gerwyn Price

CROSS Keys director of rugby Jonathan Westwood has slammed the Newport Gwent Dragons for allowing home-grown talent like Gerwyn Price to slip through the net.

Hooker Price, who trained with the Dragons last summer, has left Pandy Park to join Glasgow Warriors on a deal until the end of the season.

Although Westwood is delighted that the 27-year-old is getting his big chance, he finds the fact that Price and ex-Keys lock/back- rower Lewis Rawlins didn’t get their big professional break with the Gwent region “heartbreaking”.

Rawlins, 20, joined the Scarlets last summer after impressive displays at Pandy Park and made his regional debut at the end of January in a LV= Cup defeat at Sale.

Westwood stressed he and all at Keys are delighted for Price, but admitted he is saddened it is not the Dragons who signed him.

“In terms of player development, Gerwyn has got what he deserves – he has been a fantastic player for us,” he said.

“Greg Woods (Keys head coach) and myself have been banging the drum about him, that he has the ability to play professionally.

“We are just delighted that he’s got the opportunity – he has been craving this chance.

“He will have to make some personal sacrifices. He has to leave his family for a period and had to walk out on a job.

“I just hope those sacrifices are repaid and that he takes his opportunity.

“It’s a huge opportunity for him. He’s going from a building site to be playing professionally and there’s no question about his ability.”

Westwood added: “Everyone here knows he has the ability but we would all like him to be given his chance at our region because that’s what we feel would have been the perfect scenario.

“But it was not meant to be around here and he just wants to play professionally.

“Gezzie told us that if he doesn’t chance his arm he might regret it forever and he goes with our blessing.

“He’s another potential professional player we have turned out at Keys – it was nice to see Lewis Rawlins playing for the Scarlets the other day.

“I just find it very frustrating they are not playing in the professional environment on our doorstep.

“And the thing that frustrates me most of all is that it is not as if we had an embarrassment of riches.

“I understand that everybody has got their opinions and the opinion was that Lewis wasn’t good enough.

“And we were told that Gerwyn wasn’t offered a contract at the Dragons because of his wrist injury.

“But why they didn’t offer him a week-to-week contract, which I know he would have signed, I don’t know.”

Price’s departure means Keys have gone from having three quality hookers to none, with Garry Horrigan forced to retire through injury last week and Jamie Sollis badly injured in a road accident just before Christmas.

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10:36am Mon 4 Feb 13

Risca1 says...

Another illustration of the region not working with their feeder clubs. It is disappointing that Keys feel the need to air their views in the public domain. Surely it is in everyone's interest to discuss this around the table in a professional manner?
Another illustration of the region not working with their feeder clubs. It is disappointing that Keys feel the need to air their views in the public domain. Surely it is in everyone's interest to discuss this around the table in a professional manner? Risca1

11:33am Mon 4 Feb 13

welshflinty says...

Why would he want to play for the Dragons?They are garbage as their trophy free history proves.Good on him to leave Wales.
Why would he want to play for the Dragons?They are garbage as their trophy free history proves.Good on him to leave Wales. welshflinty

11:37am Mon 4 Feb 13

welshflinty says...

Why would he want to play for the Dragons?They are garbage as their trophy free history proves.Good on him to leave Wales.
Why would he want to play for the Dragons?They are garbage as their trophy free history proves.Good on him to leave Wales. welshflinty

11:37am Mon 4 Feb 13

welshflinty says...

Why would he want to play for the Dragons?They are garbage as their trophy free history proves.Good on him to leave Wales.
Why would he want to play for the Dragons?They are garbage as their trophy free history proves.Good on him to leave Wales. welshflinty

12:29pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Euwan Usami says...

The Dragons obviously didn't rate him as highly as Glasgow. The whole point of the regional structure is to develop players. Dragons are currently looking to spend big bucks in the front row. Maybe this explains things but it seems an odd occurance in any case.
The Dragons obviously didn't rate him as highly as Glasgow. The whole point of the regional structure is to develop players. Dragons are currently looking to spend big bucks in the front row. Maybe this explains things but it seems an odd occurance in any case. Euwan Usami

1:14pm Mon 4 Feb 13

the-dragons says...

God only knows why the dragons didnt sign him up .As I've seen him play I no he's just the type of player as Lloyd burns was
God only knows why the dragons didnt sign him up .As I've seen him play I no he's just the type of player as Lloyd burns was the-dragons

9:23am Tue 5 Feb 13

East Newport Dave says...

I wouldn't get too het up over this. Glasgow have taken him on until the end of the season. It's hardly a thrilling contract and all they are doing is just looking at him.
I wouldn't get too het up over this. Glasgow have taken him on until the end of the season. It's hardly a thrilling contract and all they are doing is just looking at him. East Newport Dave

6:47pm Wed 6 Feb 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

I know where to come now if i want to be cheered up :-)
I know where to come now if i want to be cheered up :-) kalwales@hotmail.com

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