But the eight-times capped 2013 world under-20 player of the year admitted he had joined the country’s worst-performing region of last season in an effort to bolster his bid to force his way into the Wales reckoning when Wayne Pivac succeeds Warren Gatland as coach following the World Cup in Japan.
“It was not that the competition bothered me, I had that before with Dan Biggar,” pointed out Davies.
“It was not a case of the Ospreys signing Anscombe so I was moving. It was more of a case of ambition.
“I had been there for a long time and as much of a hard decision that it was, a move can be a good thing sometimes and that excites me.”
The 25-year-old acknowledged he hadn’t joined the Dragons to play full-back, a position the Ospreys had used him numerous times.
But Davies stressed: “There is competition here for 10 with Josh Lewis and Arwel Robson.
“It’s not going to be easy – I don’t see this as a move where I come in and just barge everyone out of the way.
“When you do get competition it brings the best out of you. It happened with me and ‘Biggs’ a couple of years ago when we were going head-to-head.
“I’d get the nod one week and he would get it the next week, and it was just making competition in training really good while we still had a good relationship, which I think is also important as well.”
Davies said he had stayed in Wales because of his international ambitions.
“There is a new coaching team (Pivac and backs specialist Stephen Jones) coming in and if we can get things right here I hope that will certainly give me a bit of recognition.
“When I thought about my Wales ambitions and the opportunity that arose here, it was a no-brainer.
“I want to play for Wales and if I move away then that is gone and I could become the forgotten man.
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“I want to stamp my authority on a team here in Wales and this the best opportunity to do so. My best rugby is ahead of me.
“I know Steve Jones (former Wales outside-half) very well from my time as a kid at the Scarlets. When my dad (Nigel Davies) was coaching there Steve used to give me pairs of boots.
“I spoke to Steve after Judgement Day and he was keen for me to stay in Wales. That excites me.
“I’ve bumped into Pivac a couple of times and he seems a good guy.
“They will have a clean sheet of paper and know how they want to play the game. That’s why this a good move for me with my regional career, starting with a clean slate as well.”
Davies seemed to have the world at his feet when he came off the Wales bench – ironically for Anscombe – in November 2016 against minnows Japan to calmly slot the winning drop-goal in the final minute of a 33-30 scare at the Principality Stadium.
Then Wales trailed 7-3 at the end of the first half in their 2017 Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome, but scored 30 unanswered points in the second after Davies replaced the injured Biggar during the half-time interval.
There were calls for Davies to start against England the following weekend, but the No.10 jersey stayed with Biggar for the remainder of a disappointing championship.
Davies was in possession of it – Biggar was on Lions duty – for the victories over Tonga and Samoa on tour the following June with Anscombe at full-back.
But he hasn’t added to his international appearances, explaining: “It was tough for me the season after coming from such a high to almost a low.
“It wasn’t my greatest of seasons. I started the season with a groin injury and probably played myself into a bit of a hole.
“But I have learned my lessons from what I did. I was nowhere fit enough to go on the summer tour because I had a groin problem, but to be offered the opportunity to start for your country is tough to turn down.
“I look back on that now and I probably shouldn’t have gone, but I got two starts for my country. It did go well with two wins, but came back to bite me.”
When Biggar left the Ospreys for Northampton Saints last season, most expected Davies to become the main man at the Liberty Stadium, but Luke Price was picked ahead of him for their opening fixture in the Guinness PRO14.
“They wanted me to think there was competition,” speculated Davies.
“It was tough for me, I’m not going to lie to you, having competed with Biggar for so long.
“I thought maybe it was my time to have 100 per cent backing, but that didn’t happen and now I’m here.
“I’m making a fresh start and having 100 per cent backing is something Dean Ryan (new Dragons director of rugby) and I have discussed. Hopefully, we can build a relationship which will enable that.”
Asked where he felt it had gone wrong for him at the Ospreys, Davies replied: “Last season there were some decent performances and I played for the top Welsh region.
“We were winning the games – we beat Cardiff Blues and the Scarlets.
“We had a gameplan for different games, and they were to win games. Did we kick too much? I don’t know.
“I was doing what I was told to do and hopefully in this role here we can partner up and decide what we want to do together. Maybe, coming here will suit my game more.
“There is plenty of potential here, but that has been said for a couple of years.
“Hopefully we can move forward as a team and with a bit of direction, I’d like to think from myself, these boys can blossom.
“I will bring leadership to the team, I will bring a good kicking and attacking game, if that’s what we need.”
Davies will be reunited with his pal, Wales back-row star Ross Moriarty, and Rhodri Williams, who was his half-back partner when Wales finished runners-up to England at the Under-20 World Championship six years ago.
“I know Ross really well. We were kicking a ball about on a pitch when we were youngsters,” said Davies.
“Funnily enough, I used to be bigger than him and bully him around. Now that’s changed!
“I speak to Ross quite regularly. We will probably lift-share up from Swansea. It will be good to rekindle that relationship which was once so strong as youngsters.
“I’ve had some some very good days together with Rhodri with the Under-20s campaign, which was a really good time in my career.
“To have a half-back partner who you have trust in and who you have played with before only gives me confidence.”