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Roberts will try his luck again at Ospreys (©GettyImages)
Roberts will try his luck again at Ospreys (©GettyImages).

Martin Roberts returns to Ospreys

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After a brief spell in the Aviva Premiership with Bath, Martin Roberts has made a return to the club where he learnt his trade as the 28-year-old has signed a two-year-deal with Ospreys, according to BBC Sport.

Roberts was allowed to leave in 2008 after spending three years with the Swansea based club, as he went on to play for a number of clubs and grow as a player on both levels of the game.

But having recently signed a new contract with the Pro12 team, Roberts stated to BBC Sport that this move is a new chapter in his career and it is a happy return to his home nation after spending many years in England.

"It's a new beginning and I'm looking forward to it," said Roberts.

"I've been in England for the last three years, playing for good teams, and it's been a great experience that has definitely benefited me personally and professionally."

In the three years Roberts spent with Ospreys he only played 22 times and scored one try, and since moving on from Ospreys in 2008, the scrum-half has enjoyed more game time away from Swansea.

He joined Scarlets for three seasons featuring 72 times and scoring 35 points, after his time there the 28-year-old then made a move to the Aviva Premiership where he played for both Northampton Saints and Bath featuring 47 times in three years.

In one-off season with Bath the Welsh player featured nine times and considering he didn't score any points he helped his team win five matches.

However Roberts has been left out of the international stage, as the former Neath player has only featured three times for Wales which was in their Autumn test against Canada in 2010.

Last season Steve Tandy's men finished fifth in the Pro12 having won 13 of the 22 games as they have secured a European Champions Cup place for the next season, however in this years' cup competitions their dreams were cut short.

In the Heineken Cup they finished bottom of their pool while in the LV Cup they just missed out on the next round losing out to Bath..

Tandy has helped bring in a number of new faces; Sam Parry and Dan Evans have both joined from Newport Gwent Dragons, as well as Cai Griffiths who also returns for his second spell at the club.

Roberts is joining a growing club who will be pushing for a top four place next season, and the players that Tandy has brought in are young and inexperienced which could work well heading into the future, but with the competition of Munster and Leinster in their ranks it will be a difficult challenge as it may be a harder job than first thought out.

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