Gavin Henson has penned a new deal to stay at Aviva Premiership side Bath for another season.

The 32-year-old joined the Somerset club last year on a season-long loan, following short stints at French giants Toulon, Cardiff Blues and relegated London Welsh.

Following at injury-plagued start to his time at The Rec, Henson has managed to pick up 20 appearances for Bath, including 12 games in the Premiership, where Bath currently sit fourth in the play-off places.

Bath also defeated Brive 39-7 in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final, where Henson claimed the man of the match award after assisting two tries, to send them into the all-English last four of the competition.

Bath head coach Mike Ford told BBC Points West: “We’re pleased to have him on board. Gavin has had a stop-start season but since Christmas, he’s got healthy and has forced his way back into the side.”

Henson was originally brought into the club for cover in several positions, being able to play efficiently at fly-half, centre, full-back and on the wing. Yet it was not long before he was in trouble and a villain in the dressing room, after being involved in a fight with team-mate Carl Fearns in a pub back in July.

Both players were subsequently fined and given warnings following the incident, and it got worse for the Welsh international, as he suffered a rib injury.

Just after making his debut against Newcastle in September, Henson was back on the treatment table with a shoulder problem, causing him to be sidelined for November.

Whilst impressing for Bath, there were rumours that Henson could move back to his home country with Newport Gwent Dragons, but their director of rugby Lyn Jones said the deal was not happening.

His name has also been mentioned for a return back to international rugby. Henson has 33 caps for Wales, after making his debut against Japan back in 2003, but has not played for the Red Dragons in three years.

Even though he was in the Lions team back in 2005, Henson has yet to go to a World Cup.
With England set to host the tournament next September and October, Henson will be hoping another year, and possibly some trophies, at Bath can sway coach Mike Gatland to see his return to the international stage.

Will this new deal help Henson reach his dream of playing in a World Cup? Only time will tell.

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