Cardiff Blues winger Aled Summerhill has signed a new contract to extend his stay with his home region, having come through the academy from the incredibly successful Rhondda Schools Rugby programme.
The 23-year-old currently has 10 tries to his name from 33 Cardiff Blues appearances, having made his debut back in November 2014’s Anglo-Welsh Cup game against Scarlets. He made his Pro14 bow at the end of the same season against Zebre, before scoring his first tries against the same opposition on the opening day of the 2015/16 season.
That campaign would see him go on to make 15 appearances in all competitions, scoring six tries along the way, but 2016/17 would be a disappointing one for the former Wales U20 squad member. Injuries and lack of playing chances would limit Summerhill to just seven games.
This season has been a better one so far for the former Treorchy RFC junior player though, scoring two tries in nine games across all competitions. He has also featured at outside-centre in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, a position that could well be his in the long-term.
After joining the likes of Rhun Williams, Owen Lane and Seb Davies in securing his Cardiff Blues future, Summerhill told the club’s official website, “I’m really happy to agree a new deal and there was never any doubt about putting pen to paper.
“I have always wanted to play for Cardiff Blues and I was delighted when I was offered the contract. This is my local region and I’ve come through the academy system here. I love being part of a team that is striving forward and has the determination to develop and succeed.
“I had a Cardiff Blues season ticket when I was younger, and one of the players I remember watching while growing up was Jonah Lomu. Ever since then it was a dream to play for the region. That dream has become a reality, which is nice but I need to keep playing well and working hard to play more and more games.”
After two impressive performances as part of a young back three, Aled Summerhill will be hoping to be part of the Cardiff Blues team that travels to Zebre on Sunday for another crucial Guinness Pro14 fixture. Come on Cardiff!