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Leigh Halfpenny lifts lid on Toulon exit

Leigh Halfpenny admits his summer departure from Toulon was tough after returning to Wales to play for Scarlets.

The 28-year-old has now been unveiled as a Scarlets player after agreeing a deal to play for the Guinness PRO12 champions.

The Wales star had hoped to return to the French giants but, after missing the Top14 final having been selected to tour with the British and Irish Lions, he was informed that there would be no new contract at Stade Mayol.

It was an acrimonious end to an enjoyable three-year stint across the Channel and the former Cardiff Blues full-back confessed that it has been a tricky transition but one that he feels is right.

"I won't lie, it was tough," he said. "To be told in the summer there wasn't an option for me to go back to Toulon - I had to reassess my options and from being told that, I knew I wanted to come back to Wales. It felt like the right option. It was a huge surprise.

"If Toulon made the Top14 final and with the Lions going away to New Zealand... if was selected I could potentially miss the final if Toulon made it.

"My contract when I first signed there was a two plus one (years), for that third year option I was able to negotiate a release in the contract that if I was selected for the Lions I was able to go with the Lions.

"It was tough. You play all season with your club and the boys get to the final and then you have to leave them for the club's biggest game of the season."

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