Celtic League - Quinnell set for Scarlets return

PA Sport - Fri, 23 Jul 16:21:00 2010

Gavin Quinnell is determined to make his own mark on Welsh rugby after re-signing for the Scarlets four years after he left his home region.

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The 26-year-old, who stands at 6ft 7in tall, is the son of Derek Quinnell and the younger brother to Scott and Craig Quinnell, who all played for Wales.

A versatile back five forward, Quinnell has signed a two-year deal with the Scarlets after stints with Worcester and Italian club Viadana.

"For me, the family connection with rugby is just an added motivation," he said.

"I'm much more experienced now, and I know the weight of expectation from Scarlets fans, who are great supporters and I'm back to prove myself in my own right.

"I think I've got plenty to offer the Scarlets now, particularly after being out of Welsh rugby a while. My hunger to get back and play here is more than ever before.

"I'm known for being a physical player and playing rugby hard, but I just want to get better and play to the very best of my ability when I'm given the opportunity, because that shirt means a lot to me and my family."

Quinnell can play at number eight, flanker or in the second row.

"It's good news to see him back in our ranks," Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies said. "He understands what our rugby is all about and knows what it means to pull on the Scarlets shirt and I'm sure our supporters will give him a warm welcome home.

"But equally, he needs to be his own man, make his own mark at this juncture in his career and use the experience he has gained in Italy to maximum impact."

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