Cardiff Blues have announced they have secured second row Seb Davies on a senior contract, after speculation mounted about a move elsewhere.
The Wales international has been the breakthrough star of the 2017/18 season so far, after impressing for Wales on the summer tour matches against Tonga and Samoa.
Davies follows Corey Domachowski and Rhun Williams in committing to Cardiff Blues as they change their recruitment ethos from bringing in players to developing homegrown talent amid a background of financial difficulties.
After making his debut in the Anglo-Welsh Cup back in 2014, the 21-year-old missed the entirety of the 2015/16 season before returning to make his Pro12 bow last year.
On the back of that Davies was called into the Wales squad by stand-in head coach Robin McBryde, earning rave reviews on his international debut, and has continued that impressive form at the Arms Park this campaign.
After signing his long-term senior contract, Davies told the Cardiff Blues official website, “I’m really happy to have signed a senior contract with Cardiff Blues. They are my home team and I have come through the system here.
“I’ve really enjoyed the last few months and have been pleased with the game-time I’ve had. I feel I’m making good progress within this environment and look forward to contributing in the years ahead.
“There is so much potential here and we have so many young, quality players coming through – I really wanted to be part of that so it was an easy decision to make.”
Davies had garnered the attention of reigning champions Scarlets, who will see lock Tadhg Beirne head to Munster next summer, but Cardiff Blues have managed to secure his signature for the next few years.
Chief Executive Richard Holland was very pleased with the news, saying “it is great news that Seb has decided to remain with Cardiff Blues and I’m sure he will play a major role in the years ahead.
“Given his potential this is a major statement of intent as we continue to secure, and build upon, our home grown talent.”