The Wizards are delight to announce the signing of Aled Thomas from Carmarthen Quins.
Thirty-four year-old Thomas had a fantastic career in professional sport playing for the Dragons where we scored 109 points in 44 games, then, also appearing for Gloucester and the Scarlets before moving to Carmarthen Quins, scoring 203 points.
Not only did Thomas flourish in the 15 a-side game, the outside-half is a Rugby World Cup Winner scoring the winning try in 2009 IRB Sevens Rugby World Cup Final against Argentina.
“Following finishing full time, I really enjoyed my time in the Quins as player-coach, some great guys down there and hopefully helped improve things on and off the field.
However, I felt like I needed a new challenge and Aberavon are a very ambitious club with a great ethos and reputation for being a good place to be.
I know a few of the boys down there including Swanky, Howard, Breezy and I also work with Rheon and another one of the new signings, so it seemed like a very good fit,” said Thomas.
Thomas had three-spells at the Scarlets scoring 311 points in 79 games. His experience will be a huge asset to the Wizards and is someone who will certainly drive the standards on and off the field.
“I am looking forward to working with James Garland who is a really good experienced outside-half, so if we can both drive the team forward then we should be able to push for top three in the league.
“I think I can add tempo to the game as I know the players like to play an upbeat game. I will be able to distribute, threaten the line and kick my goals to help the team move forward,” added Thomas.
Thomas joins a familiar face in Chris Davies aka Swanky as the two reunite from their Wales U18 Schoolboy days. Aled gained his first U18 cap in a 62-7 win one Belgium in Brussels and Swanky was captain.
The pair were also together in the 2003 U19 World Cup in France and the U21 World Cup in Argentina.
Aled finalised with what he hopes the team can achieve this season.
“With the quality in coaches and players at this club, there is no reason why we cannot win the league.”