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Wasps shake off admin fears to sign quartet
WELSH Grand Slam winner Stephen Jones will be one of four new faces in the Wasps team next season after agreeing to join the Adams Park side.
Despite uncertainty over the club's future, with administration reportedly a possibility after takeover talks collapsed this week, the board have pushed the boat out and allowed director of rugby Dai Young to sign four new players.
Also on their way to Bucks will be back rower Ashley Johnson, who has full international honours with South Africa, former England youth tighthead Phil Swainston from Leeds, and young Welsh prop Will Taylor from the Ospreys.
But the stellar name among the quartet is undoubtedly Jones, who has come close to scoring 3,000 points for the Scarlets in a 15-year spell with the Welsh regional franchise.
He's earned over a century of caps for Wales, winning more than one Six Nations Grand Slam in the process, and has been on two British Lions tours.
Jones said: "It's going to be difficult to leave but I know this is the right time. It has been an ambition of mine to play in England at some point in my career and I look forward to a new and exciting challenge ahead by joining Wasps."
London Wasps CEO Chris Thomas said: "While everyone is aware that the Club is seeking investment as a matter of urgency at the moment, in terms of player recruitment and retention, like every other club at this time, we have been working hard to continue to put our squad together for next season.
"We are very pleased to have recently secured these excellent signings whose quality will place us in a strong position for next year. But while it is pleasing to announce further additions to the squad; of course our priority now is concluding a deal which will secure our financial future."