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FLYHALF Aled Thomas has left Car­marthen Quins.

The for­mer Scar­lets ace has made the move to Prin­ci­pal­ity Pre­mier­ship ri­vals Aber­avon.

Thomas has been one of the best fly-half op­er­a­tors in Welsh club rugby’s top flight in the last few sea­sons, with his abil­ity to or­ches­trate mat­ters be­hind the scrum matched by his ex­cel­lent goal-kick­ing.

His de­par­ture will leave a void at the Quins, es­pe­cially as he also filled the role of backs coach.

Thomas said: “Fol­low­ing fin­ish­ing full time, I re­ally en­joyed my time at the Quins as player-coach. There are some great guys down there and hope­fully I helped im­prove things on and off the field.

“How­ever, I felt like I needed a new chal­lenge and Aber­avon are a very am­bi­tious club with a great ethos and rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a good place to be.

“I know a few of the boys down there so it seemed like a very good fit.”

Thomas is one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in the Pre­mier­ship, hav­ing en­joyed three spells with the Scar­lets.

The 34-year-old has also played for the Drag­ons and in the English Pre­mier­ship with Glouces­ter be­fore re­turn­ing to West Wales.

He also scored the win­ning try for Wales Sevens in the mem­o­rable 2009 World Cup fi­nal suc­cess against Ar­gentina.

He added: “I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with James Gar­land, who is a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­enced out­side-half, so if we can both drive the team for­ward then we should be able to push for top three in the league.

“I think I can add tempo to the game as I know the play­ers like to play an up­beat game.

“I will be able to dis­trib­ute, threaten the line and kick my goals to help the team move for­ward.”

Am­bi­tious Aber­avon have made a num­ber of sum­mer signings as the Tal­bot Ath­letic Ground out­fit look to make a mark on the new slimmed­down Pre­mier­ship.

Wiz­ards head coach Ja­son Hy­att said: “Aled will add valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence and to­gether with James Gar­land we have two 10s who know how to bring the best out of a team as well as in­di­vid­u­als.”

Aled Thomas in ac­tion for the Scar­lets.

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