Cardiff Blues have moved to bolster their options ahead of the under-23 side getting off the ground next season, by adding Jamie Hill to the squad on a full-time basis.
The scrum-half joins from the University of South Wales and will spend time with the transition squad under the tutelage of former Cardiff Blues and Wales scrum-half Richie Rees, before that becomes the U23 setup over the summer.
Hill has impressed this season playing British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) for USW, helping them to third in the Premier Division South A, as well as to the semi-finals of the Vase competition, alongside new Cardiff Blues team-mates Alun Lawrence, Callum Bradbury and Daf Smith.
On the back of that he has been selected to appear for Pontypridd RFC on permit, after playing for their junior section and attending Pontypridd High School. After a number of substitute appearances early in the season he made his first start against Swansea in March, winning man-of-the-match in that game, and the following win over RGC.
Pontypridd head coach Justin Burnell has also selected Hill in his Cardiff Blues Premiership Select sides to face Doncaster Knights in September, coming off the bench in Yorkshire and at Sardis Road.
The move follows the path of Ben Murphy who, like Hill, played for Cardiff Blues at U18 level before moving on to a different part of the pathway, but is now back in the professional fold on the back of strong Premiership showings and with a chance to prove themselves.
Hill, who was a Welsh College League runner-up with Coleg y Cymoedd last season, will now be competing with Dane Blacker and Lewis Jones for the nine jersey in the U23 team, with the ultimate aim of catching John Mulvihill’s eye when the Australian arrives in Cardiff.