Ospreys lock Lloyd Ashley signs new deal

Ospreys head coach Toby Booth
Ospreys head coach Toby Booth

Ospreys have announced that lock Lloyd Ashley has signed a new two-year contract with the Pro14 club.

A product of Ospreys Academy, Ashley made his senior debut for the club in 2011 against Exeter Chiefs and has racked up 148 appearances for the club.

“It means a lot to me to stay at my home region and to stay with the people I work with everyday, and some of them are the best players in the world.

‘It’s just exciting to see the talent coming through, year after year, and the people we bring in from outside too.

“We are in a very good place at the moment and I love coming to work everyday, and being surrounded by good people, day in and day out.

“Those are the environments you want to work in, and at 30 I still feel I’m getting better and better, as a player, and that is a positive for me as well."

The 30-year-old is now two short of making to the elite club of 150 appearances for the club.

“It would be nice to get the two appearances to join that exclusive group of Ospreys, but that’s not just recognition for me.

“It’s for my family, my friends and those who have dedicated a lot of their time to get me to where I am now".

Ospreys head coach Toby Booth lavished praise on Ashley and his contributions to the club.

“Lloyd is part of the fixtures and fittings at the Ospreys and he does so much for this squad of players.

“When people think about Lloyd one of the primary attributes he brings is Leadership.

"He leads the lineout and shows huge work rate in games. He also shows it around the group in preparation and cultural support. These attributes show his significance to the squad.”

Ospreys kick-started their Rainbow Cup campaign with a 36-14 win over Cardiff Blues in the opening round and will face Scarlets next on 8th May.