GAVIN Henson is committed to the Dragons and focused on getting the 10 jersey back after his season was ended by injury.

The 36-year-old former Wales and Lions playmaker made a super start to life at Rodney Parade after signing from Bristol last summer.

However, Henson was dropped after a below-par performance against Cardiff Blues on Boxing Day and then, after returning for the European Challenge Cup double-header with Bordeaux-Begles in January, suffered a hamstring injury in training.

There has been wild speculation about the 33-times capped international, with inaccurate rumours of training ground arguments and one media outlet even linking him with a move to Neath in the Principality Premiership, but Henson has always been committed to his second year with the Dragons.

With Josh Lewis arriving from Bath and 21-year-old Arwel Robson currently impressing at 10, the playmaker is up for the battle.

“It was disappointing to pick up the injury when I did as I felt ready to make a big contribution to the Dragons in the second half of the season,” said Henson.

“There’s never a good time for injury, so I’m just getting my head down and going through the rehab.

“There’s going to be a number of new faces when pre-season starts, so next season promises to be exciting for us and I’m looking forward to be being back out at Rodney Parade for the Dragons.”

Henson established himself as first-choice fly-half in the opening months of the season with his number of outings triggering the second-year of his contract.

The Dragons are still on the lookout for another game controller – although it looks like they will have to play the waiting game for Wales international Owen Williams, who has another year on his Gloucester contract – but Bernard Jackman believes Henson will continue to be a key figure on the field and the training paddock.

"Gavin was one of our most influential players up until his injury,” said the head coach.

“He has come back to Wales and continued to train with the same enthusiasm that has made him one of the best-conditioned rugby players in the game.

“We have missed him on the field but his rehab is going well and he and I are excited about the role he will play on and off the field for us next season."

Fly-half Angus O’Brien, who has made 70 Dragons appearances, is out of contract at the end of the season while Dorian Jones is currently on loan at Worcester and hopes to earn a deal with the Warriors.

“I am always looking forward. I have got another year at the Dragons if I want it but the aim will be to impress here as much as possible,” he said.