"I'm not getting any younger, I'm playing for a contract ... this is it, really." So said the much-travelled, much-troubled Gavin Henson before his debut for Cardiff Blues in late December and as the Blues must now be added to his long list of former clubs, that may very well be that.
The celebrity centre was sacked yesterday after a heavily publicised night on the sauce in Glasgow, followed by some drunken antics with ice cubes on the flight home. Unfortunately for him, his apology cut no ice with his employers.
Henson signed an eight-month contract with the Blues in October following a painfully drawn-out exit from Ospreys, a brief and deeply unsatisfying fling with Saracens and a high-profile move to the French Top 14 club Toulon that ended after a booze-driven ruckus with clubmates in a Riviera nightspot. It may not have been the long-term deal Henson was seeking, but it turned out to be plenty long enough for the Blues who decided to write off the last two months of the contract.
"Gavin admitted himself that his behaviour was totally unacceptable and the immediate termination of his contract sends out a clear message that behaviour like that will not be tolerated at the Blues," said the club's chief executive Richard Holland. (© Independent News Service)