Pembrokeshire products Ryan Conbeer, Josh Helps and Josh Macleod are among 17 players to have signed new contracts at Scarlets.

Two further local players in James Davies and Rob Evans, now experienced and integral figures at the region, also remain under contract.

Back-rower Macleod, one of the Scarlets’ outstanding players during the curtailed 2019-20 season, wing and Wales 7s star Conbeer, and second row Helps put pen to paper yesterday as the region made a major statement of consolidation ahead of their Welsh derbies later this month.

Scarlets head coach Glenn Delaney said: “It is crucial that we keep building the strength and depth of our squad and these renewals are evidence of that.

“The Academy has produced some outstanding Scarlets over the years and continues to do so and we have high hopes for a number of our young players who are coming through and challenging the senior squad members for starting spots.

“You saw this season the impact the likes of Josh Macleod, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Steff Hughes had in the PRO14 and Europe when handed their opportunity and there are young players coming through who I’m sure will be pushing those boys hard as well.

“We feel we are in a good place as a squad. We have recruited well and retained key personnel and are looking forward to the remaining games of this season and then hitting the ground running for the 2020-21 campaign.”

Scarlets will resume their Pro14 campaign against Cardiff Blues on Saturday, August 22nd, before playing Dragons seven days later.

Their delayed European Challenge Cup quarter final away to Toulon will be played Saturday, September 19th.

Players who have agreed new contracts: Leigh Halfpenny, Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies, Samson Lee, Josh Macleod, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer, Dan Jones, Steff Hughes, Angus O’Brien, Phil Price, Tom Rogers, Steff Thomas, Josh Helps, Morgan Jones, Jac Price, Joe Roberts.