WALES centre Tyler Morgan is aiming to sign a fresh Dragons-only contract as he nears a return from ankle surgery, writes Chris Kirwan.

The 22-year-old has been out of action since being injured against the Ospreys in October, a blow that forced him to pull out of the Test squad for the autumn internationals.

Morgan is targeting a comeback in next Friday’s Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with Worcester at Rodney Parade, while the centre is also eying a fresh deal to stay in Newport.

He was handed a national dual contract in December, 2014 but was in talks over a solely Dragons deal before his injury in Swansea.

“I am in the process of negotiating,” said Morgan, whose contract expires at the end of the current campaign. “I was doing that before getting injured but then had to concentrate on getting back from injury.

“It had to be pushed back a bit but I’ll hopefully get it done in the next month because my aim is to be at the Dragons for the near-future. I am a Newport boy, I want to make a difference here and help the Dragons to the top.”

Morgan’s return will be a huge boost to Bernard Jackman’s side as the centre was looking back to his best before his injury misfortune.

“I’m almost back fit now so I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t want to speak to soon, but it will be two or three weeks max,” said Morgan, who played in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final against South Africa.

“I was hoping for this weekend [at Saracens] but had to push it back, so I am aiming for Worcester at home.”

If Morgan can prove his fitness then the four-times capped centre, who started against Samoa last summer, would be an option for Warren Gatland if there is more Six Nations injury angst.

“Wales is always in the back of your mind but at the moment it’s just about getting back on the field and to where I was playing, because I felt that I was playing well,” said Morgan.

“There was bad timing with the injury but it happens and things will turn my way eventually, I’ve had a couple of these now.

“I will be back fully fit when I get over this one. It’s a cruel sport and a lot of the injuries have been ones that you can’t predict, it’s not as though they have been muscle injuries, they have been impact.

“It’s frustrating because of the opportunity that I had [with selection for the autumn internationals] and the way that I was playing, but I just have to take it as it comes.

“Everyone says that I am always injured but I played 25 games last season, so it wasn’t a bad year!”

Morgan was speaking at the reopening of the Welsh Rugby Union’s shop in Cardiff.