Dragons secure Amos deal
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have signed Hallam Amos on a three-year deal, averting the threat of the talented teen heading over to play in England.
The 18-year-old full-back/wing Monmouth School pupil penned the deal last week, much to the relief of his region.
Amos, who made his European debut for the Dragons at Wasps last weekend, is in the final year of his A-Levels and is keen to study medicine.
An Oxbridge application was a possibility – and successfully gaining a place would have led to him leaving Rodney Parade – but now he looks set for Cardiff University.
The Dragons’ hand was strengthened last season when the then 17-year-old, who was born in Stockport to English parents, played for Wales Sevens, thus committing to play with a red jersey rather than a white one on the international scene.
He joins 17-year-old centre Jack Dixon in committing to the Dragons until at least 2015 and the region believe the teens will become firm fixtures in their line-up.
“We are very pleased to have signed a three-year development contract with a young player that has a very bright future in the game,” said Dragons director of rugby Robert Beale.
“Hallam’s education remains vitally important and he will be going to university next year, but we are delighted that such a talented player will continue to progress as a rugby player with us.
“Both Hallam and Jack, who signed a three-year deal earlier this season, are frightening talents – they are so accomplished out there for young men and it bodes well.
“They are the future of the Dragons but hopefully they are just the start of it and I can assure you there is some exciting talent coming through our age-grade sides.
“Now we need to make sure we develop those players in the right way and introduce them at the right time.”
Amos became the youngest regional rugby player when he started at Wasps in the LV= Cup last season only for Dixon to break that record when he came off the bench in that same game.
However, he still holds the record for being the Dragons' youngest try scorer after crossing the whitewash at Adams Park on debut.
Head coach Darren Edwards spoke at the end of last season about his excitement at working with Amos, who could also have a future at outside centre.
“Hallam is a young guy with serious potential and I expect him to be shining on the world stage in his mid-20s,” he said. ”He is very coachable and has all the attributes to become a top class player.”
Given the importance of this school year, Amos is likely to have limited Dragons involvement this season but the same doesn't go for Dixon.
The former Coleg Gwent student, an imposing figure at 6ft 2 ins and 16 stone, has been in terrific form for Bedwas in the Premiership and scored his first regional try at Adams Park last weekend.