Jones - Henson is a risk worth taking

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Gavin Henson is being backed to reach his potential at London Welsh
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Gavin Henson is being backed to reach his potential at London Welsh

London Welsh director of rugby Lyn Jones is confident Gavin Henson is finally ready to maximise his potential after putting years of "fannying around" behind him.

Jones accepts there is a risk in bringing Henson back under his wing but having spoken to the player he believes it is one which is worth taking.

Asked what convinced him of that, Jones said: "His (Henson's) words. People think several different things about Gavin but he is a player with potential who hasn't reached it yet. He realises that and wants to do well."

Henson has won two Grand Slam titles with Wales but lost his way in 2009 and became more famous for his reality television appearances than his rugby.

When Henson returned to the game he had a brief spell at Saracens before being driven out of both Toulon and then Cardiff Blues within the space of 12 months for disciplinary reasons.

But Jones knows Henson better than anyone, having developed him at the Ospreys into the player that shone for Wales in their title-winning campaigns in 2005 and 2008.

"Gav has had three or four years of fannying around and not being serious about his rugby," added Jones.

"He has grown up and he realises now he has four or five years left in the game and he wants to give it his best shot. He is certainly training hard and he's enjoying himself.

"When someone has been in the game for as long as he has, he just needs a comfortable environment to come in and perform. We all appreciate the potential but potential doesn't earn you a living.

"There's a chance and a risk in everything you do in life. Gavin is no different to any other player we've signed this year. Are they going to play well and react well? My best guess it that he will do well."

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