Gavin Henson: "I'm still a kid"

Gavin Henson in March 2012
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Gavin Henson concedes that he "should be more mature" as he begins life with London Welsh.

Gavin Henson has admitted that he "should be more mature" as he begins life at new club London Welsh.

The 30-year-old has had a troubled time since coming back from an 18-month sabbatical in 2010. He was released by Saracens after just four games, then dropped by French side Toulouse three months into his contract following an alleged fight with a teammate on a night out.

Henson went on to sign an eight-month deal with Cardiff Blues but it too was terminated after an "incident" on a flight in which he allegedly "behaved inappropriately".

"Obviously I took time out of the game a couple of years ago. I was struggling physically and had a lot of stuff going on off the field," Henson told BBC London.

"I should be more mature. I don't think I am. I'm still a kid I think. But yeah, I am 30 now so I look after myself as best I can to try and prolong my career."

Henson added that he is now looking to end his professional career in the right manner, explaining: "How long I have left I have no idea [but] I'm still fighting and I still want to try and get back up there and finish on a more positive note."

Henson is expected to miss the first six weeks of Welsh's Aviva Premiership campaign after suffering an injury to his cheek bone in a pre-season friendly.

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