Henson trained at Saracens’ base in St Albans yesterday after talks between the 28-year-old and the club reached what chief executive Edward Griffiths called “an advanced stage”.
“He was training with Saracens and getting a look around the club, and we were having a look at him too,” Griffiths told City A.M. The versatile back has not played competitively for 18 months owing to injury and off-field issues but is eager to revive a hugely promising career in London, where his children live.
Saracens are keen on Henson as a solution to their problems at fly-half, where young full-back Alex Goode is filling in following the long-term injury to Derick Hougaard.
Two hurdles remain before a deal can be finalised, however: Henson’s current commitments to television show Strictly Come Dancing and his existing contract with Ospreys.
Saracens spoke to Ospreys twice yesterday and talks are set to resume today in the hope a compensation package can be agreed this week.