PAUL Turner is relishing the opportunity to help produce the next generation of Dragons after returning to Rodney Parade.

The former Newbridge and Newport fly-half has linked up with the club as a consultant after previously being boss between 2005 and 2011.

Turner will have a limited role on senior the senior side – head coach Dai Flanagan is still calling the shots regarding on-field matters – and he is keen to stress that being head coach of Ampthill in the English Championship is his priority.

However, the Dragons are keen to tap into the 63-year-old’s knowhow and state that he will “assist with player recruitment, developing scouting links and supporting the club’s pathway system”.

Turner will also mentor club coaches and have an advisory role with the new board.

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He said: “I’m looking forward to getting back involved with Dragons and assisting in any way I can in this role, with a club and region I have a great affinity for.

“My main focus remains with Ampthill, who I remain fully committed to, but this is an exciting opportunity for me to once again support Gwent rugby, the new board at Dragons, plus Dai Flanagan and his coaching team.”

Flanagan has been in charge of the Dragons since director of rugby Dean Ryan was sacked one game into last season.

“I have a long-term relationship with Paul and so I’m really pleased he is joining us in this consultancy role,” he said.

“Paul is a well-respected figure in Welsh rugby and someone I have trusted for a long-time.

“His vast experience and knowledge will be an asset to the club, in particular the work he can do with player recruitment and enhancing our pathway system.”

The Dragons have lost all four of their United Rugby Championship fixtures this season and host the Ospreys on Saturday evening.