ANGLESEY native and Welsh rugby star George North has signed for Ospreys.

The Wales and British and Irish Lions wing signed a National Dual Contract with the WRU in November as he committed to returning to the domestic game. Since that announcement, he has been working with the governing body to finalise his choice of regions, which has been announced as the Ospreys.

North said: "I’m really excited to be joining the Ospreys and starting a new chapter in my career when I return to Wales.

“I believe the Ospreys have an exciting future with the structure and the recruitment they have put in place and I’m really looking forward to linking up with Allen (Clarke) and the squad in the summer.

“It was a really positive decision for me to sign a National Dual Contract with the support and structure it provides. I have worked alongside the WRU to finalise my choice of region and I would like to thank everyone involved. I’m really looking forward to becoming an Osprey.”

He will join up with Ospreys from Aviva Premiership club Northampton this summer.

National dual contracts are 60 per cent funded by the Welsh Rugby Union and 40% by the player’s regional team.

North made his test debut in 2010 and has accumulated 73-caps for his country, in addition to being part of the Lions’ tours of New Zealand and Australia in recent years.

Martyn Phillips, chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union, added: "George returning home to Wales is a major positive for Welsh Rugby and for the Ospreys.

“I know he is really looking forward to next season and making a positive impact on Welsh rugby.”