Veteran prop Gethin Jenkins will continue as Cardiff Blues captain for the 2017/18 campaign as he prepares to begin his 18th season of professional rugby.
It will be the third season that the loosehead will lead the club, after initially being named captain for the 2015/16 season when Danny Wilson took over as head coach.
Now into his 13th year at the Cardiff Arms Park, spread over two spells either side of a season in Toulon, Jenkins currently sits on 182 appearances in a blue jersey and will no doubt have one eye on the 200 appearance mark in what could be his final season.
With a record breaking 129 Wales caps, and five British and Irish Lions test caps, Jenkins has been a world leading loosehead prop for well over a decade, and would have been a contender for a fourth Lions tour had it not been for injury.
‘Melon’, as he is affectionately known, combines classic prop work with an ability to act as an almost secondary flanker in his breakdown work, and still pushes Rob Evans of the Scarlets for the starting berth in the Wales side despite preparing to turn 37 in November.
There were suggestions over the summer that the time had come for Ellis Jenkins to take over the captaincy at Cardiff Blues, but with a change in circumstances at the Arms Park a familiar steady hand has been stuck with.
A change of direction from trying to assemble the best team possible to compete in the Guinness Pro14 and European Challenge Cup, to developing as many youngsters as possible through the club’s academy, has been necessary due to financial limitations.
An experienced player like Gethin Jenkins is the perfect figurehead for the young players, particularly props in Corey Domachowski and Rhys Carre, to look up to, and if he can play a hand in their development at all it will be another addition to his already great legacy.