Wales international Cory Allen has signed for the Dragons after four years with the Ospreys.

The 28-year-old centre has trained with the east Wales region in pre-season.

Now he has put pen to paper on a deal with Dean Ryan’s team, with Allen looking for a fresh start after an injury-plagued two years.

Director rugby Ryan said: “Cory is a talented player who has had a tough couple of years.

“He’s working really hard with our medical team and we are encouraged by his progress and we hope to see him on the field in a Dragons jersey”.

Viewed as a big talent when he came through Cardiff’s academy, Allen scored a hat-trick for Wales in their opening match of the 2015 World Cup, against Uruguay, and featured twice in Tests on the southern hemisphere tour led by Robin McBryde in 2017.

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The following year at the Ospreys, the Llandarcy-based team’s then attack coach Matt Sherratt touted him as a possibility for Wales' 2019 World Cup squad.

But Allen suffered a major knee injury playing against Ulster in Belfast on the opening night of the 2019-20 season and hasn’t featured since.

The Dragons will hope the 6ft 3in, 16st 6lb player can add to their options at outside centre.

The six-cap player said: “Firstly I’d like to say I’m very grateful to Dean and the Dragons for giving me every opportunity to get back to full fitness and continue playing the game I love.

"My time here so far has been very encouraging and I am making great progress and hopefully not too far off returning.

“I’m really excited by what I’ve seen so far and I can’t wait to get out on the field with the boys."

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