Corey Baldwin is poised to return to the Scarlets after a season with Exeter Chiefs.

The wing or centre signed a three-year deal at Sandy Park last year but has struggled for game time, playing just four matches for the former English champions.

Now, he is understood to be on his way back to the Scarlets, for whom he played 24 times before his move to England.

Current Wales coach Wayne Pivac is said to have been an admirer of the Llandeilo product when the New Zealander held the reins in Llanelli.

The Scarlets didn't want the 6ft, 15st 8lb three-quarter to depart in the first place, seeing him as a potential long-term successor to Jonathan Davies, but Surrey-born Baldwin wanted to try his luck with Exeter.

When the former Wales U20s international signed for the Chiefs, their director of rugby Rob Baxter felt they had signed a "special" player.

The hot competition in the Exeter squad, though, hasn't seen Baldwin showered with opportunities.

The 22-year-old is now heading back to west Wales, a year old and a year wiser.

Quick and strong, he made his Scarlets debut as an 18-year-old and not long after was lauded by then Wales U20s coach Jason Strange, who said he had the potential to push into the Wales set-up.

His return is poised to be confirmed imminently and is a further boost for new Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel as he looks to make a mark in his first season back in Llanelli.

Adding Baldwin to their roster would make it five fresh signings for the west Walians, with Will GriffJohn, Tomas Lezana, Scott Williams and Tom Price having already climbed aboard.