Henson joins London Welsh
Gavin Henson has been given yet another chance to resurrect his career after joining Aviva Premiership newcomers London Welsh.
Wales centre Henson, 30, has been without a club since April, after being sacked by Cardiff Blues over his drunken behaviour on a flight returning from a game in Glasgow.
The move is a gamble for London Welsh, but Henson previously worked with Exiles coach Lyn Jones during his time at the Ospreys, producing arguably the best rugby of his career and helping the region win two Celtic League titles and an Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Jones is confident that he can get the best out of Henson, but has warned plenty of patience will be required given the three-quarter has made just 17 appearances in 41 months.
Jones told Sky Sports News: "There's a good chance he'll never reach those heights (of his time at the Ospreys) again to be honest with you, but he just needs to get up to speed and establish himself and I'm not really confident he'll became a very, very good player until about maybe mid-October, November.
"The guy needs a bit of time, he needs a bit of space, his tools are quite blunt and he'll need to sharpen them up, so he's got a lot of work ahead of him that he's prepared to get on with.
"He's rolling his sleeves up, and all you can do is offer people opportunities and it's up to them how they take it but we're confident that he can deliver."
Henson won the most recent of his 33 Wales caps in the World Cup warm-up victory over England in Cardiff last August, but a wrist injury sustained in that game denied him the chance to be involved in the World Cup in New Zealand.
Given the player's history the move will be considered by many to be a risky one for London Welsh as they prepare to embark on their first top-flight campaign.
Despite playing an integral part in Wales' 2005 and 2008 Grand Slam campaigns, and touring New Zealand with the Lions in 2005, Henson has yet to deliver consistently on the glimpses of class he has shown during a checkered career.
The Blues were Henson's fourth club in little over a year after being released by the Ospreys in 2010 and having short stints at Saracens and Toulon.
His spell in France had also been marred by an alcohol-related incident, with the club suspending him for a week after a nightclub altercation with two team-mates.
During a period of unpaid leave from the Ospreys prior to his move to Saracens he also appeared on reality TV shows Strictly Come Dancing and 71 Degrees North, and last year featured on The Bachelor.
The Exiles have not disclosed the length of Henson's contract but he will start training with his new team-mates on Tuesday.
London Welsh managing director and former Wales flanker John Taylor says he has been impressed by the player's attitude during discussions over his move to the club.
"We are obviously delighted to have been able to sign a player of Gavin's pedigree,'' he said.
"He is the first to admit things have gone a little haywire over the last few years but he has impressed on me that he still feels he has a lot to prove as a rugby player and is determined to ensure he is not remembered as somebody who never fulfilled his great potential.
"I am confident he will fit in well here and it is obvious he cannot wait to get back to what he does best - playing rugby."