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Arhip signs Ospreys deal

Moldovan front row Dmitri Arhip has signed a new two-year deal with Ospreys.

Arhip, 25, has not played this season because he ruptured his Achilles tendon in a pre-season friendly against Bath.

But the Ospreys' Rugby Operations Manager Andy Lloyd saw enough of the 25-year-old - who can play in all three front-row positions, in the nine games he played last season to offer him a new contract.

Lloyd told the club's website: "Dmitri was a fantastic find for us as supporters saw last season, and he has the potential to become a key player for the region. Because of his unfortunate injury we haven't seen the best of him.

"He is an amazing athlete and once we get him back up to full fitness he will be a real asset for us. He has a great attitude, is diligent, and is always looking to learn. He has a very bright future as an Osprey.

"His versatility means he offers real value, as he can play right across the front row. He has a little bit to learn, but we see him really adding depth to our pool of tightheads while providing valuable cover elsewhere.

"With the salary cap in place, and the lack of central financial assistance, it is important that we get our recruitment right and the signing of Dmitri, along with the likes of Jeff Hassler, Tyler Ardron and Aisea Natoga are the result of a lot of hard work being done behind the scenes to find talented players who may be under the radar but bring something really different to the Ospreys mix."

Arhip said: "This is very good news and a good chance for me to be with the Ospreys for a longer time.

"It's a big step-up for me, to play for the Ospreys, with good players. Professional rugby is harder and faster so it is a good experience for me. The first step for me is to recover from injury, work in pre-season, and be ready for next season."