FORMER Ospreys forward and Wales international Dan Baker says he is delighted to have returned to Wales, after signing a short-term deal with Dragons.

The 28 year-old, who hails from Ystradgynlais, has linked up with Dean Ryan’s men with immediate effect, after his recent spell at Stade Montois in France.

The Neath-born back row, who made 94 appearances for Ospreys, and won three caps for Wales, joins the region as an injury replacement for Ross Moriarty.

French second division club Stade released Baker last month for family reasons, and he will see it as an opportunity to kick-start his career in Wales.

“I’m excited to be returning to Wales, and the chance to represent the Dragons,” said Baker, who was once seen as a rival to Taulupe Faletau in the Wales back row - before a knee injury cost him almost two years on the sidelines.

“I enjoyed my rugby experience over in France, but now my focus is getting involved here as soon as possible.

“There is a talented squad at the Dragons, and from my conversations with Dean (Ryan) the ambition is very clear, I’m excited to play my part and look to show what I can do the rest of this season.”

Baker came through the regional development pathway with Ystradgynlais, his home club, from where he entered the Ospreys age-grade system, going on to play almost 50 times for Swansea.

A Wales age-grade cap, he featured in the 9-6 win over New Zealand U20 in the 2012 Junior World Championships as the Welsh youngsters progressed to the semi-final stage.

He was first selected for the Wales senior squad in May 2013 and the summer tour to Japan, making his international debut against the Cherry Blossoms in June of that year.

A knee injury had cost him close on two years of his time at the Ospreys, and there was a further lay-off due to shoulder trouble – but he is still thought highly of at the Liberty.

Dean Ryan, Director of Dragons Rugby, said: “We’re pleased to bring Dan back to Wales and into our environment.

“He is eager to take the opportunity, and we are looking forward to seeing the impact he can make for us in the second half of this season."