Cardiff Blues unveiled a Christmas present from the club to the supporters this week as it was announced Rey Lee-Lo will remain in the Welsh capital on a long-term deal.
The 31-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Arms Park, particularly to France where it was thought he might take the chance to sign a big money contract. However, he has shown loyalty to Cardiff and a faith in the project being built going forward.
After spending the first part of his career in New Zealand playing provincial rugby for Counties Manukau, Lee-Lo was given his Super Rugby chance by Hurricanes in 2013. After a season in Wellington he headed for Crusaders in 2014, only to return to the Canes in 2015.
Joining Cardiff Blues a few weeks into the 2015/16 season, the centre understandably took some time settling in to a different style of play, but has since become a crucial component in the capital region’s midfield making 58 appearances and scoring 10 tries to date.
He has also gone on to win 17 Samoa caps, after making his debut in November 2014, forming a centre partnership most recently with Ospreys compatriot Kieron Fonotia.
Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, Lee-Lo said, “I’ve loved my time here so far – we have a great squad and my family are really happy in Cardiff, so it was an easy decision to make.
“I’m enjoying my rugby and we have so many exciting, attacking players. The style we try to play really suits me, especially on the Arms Park, which is an amazing place to play.
“I’m excited by the squad we’re developing, the players coming through and I’m confident we are heading in the right direction.
“I’m really grateful to everyone at Cardiff Blues for the opportunity and now I’m just looking forward to the future and improving as a team.”