Dragons duo linked to Cardiff Blues

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Cardiff Blues could be set to raid our neighbours at the Dragons for two summer signings, with full-back Carl Meyer and hooker Liam Belcher rumoured to be arriving at the Arms Park.

They could be the first players to arrive at the club under incoming head coach John Mulvihill, who has been working alongside Chief Executive Richard Holland from Australia to build his coaching staff and playing squad ahead of next season.

The signing of Meyer, who turns 27 at the end of this month, could well be linked to a man already brought in by Mulvhill, backs and attack coach Jason Strange, who worked with the South African at Ebbw Vale when he first arrived in the country back in 2013.

Jason Strange Cardiff Blues
Jason Strange was Carl Meyer’s coach at Ebbw Vale for two years

 

Two impressive seasons at Eugene Cross Park saw the former Sharks academy member earn a professional deal with the Dragons, going on to score 11 tries in 64 games across three years at Rodney Parade, and gaining Welsh qualified status in the process.

Although capable of playing in the centre, Meyer has spent the vast majority of his professional career at full-back and will provide cover with Rhun Williams and Dan Fish both still recovering from serious injuries, as well as possibly adding an experienced head to the U23 ranks courtesy of the over-age player quota.

If he did play for the U23s he would join hooker Belcher, who is set to return to the Cardiff Blues after having been released last summer.

The 22-year-old came through the academy system at the Arms Park, captaining the U18s and appearing for Wales U20s at the Junior World Championship, but was not offered a new contract and headed to Pontypridd for pre-season.

Liam Belcher Pontypridd
Liam Belcher was playing for Pontypridd at the start of the season

 

However, he was picked up by Dragons early in the campaign, making his debut against Newcastle in October and going on to appear 15 times in all competition, scoring five times in the process.

With Kris Dacey, Kirby Myhill and Ethan Lewis likely ahead of him in the first team pecking order, Belcher will likely be battling it out with current Wales U20 hooker Iestyn Harris in the U23 team, gaining experience before moving into the senior squad.

It would cast doubt on the re-signing of Matthew Rees though, with the 37-year-old out until early next season due to a knee injury. After starting 16 games this year, and with his vast experience, he would surely be a loss to the Cardiff Blues.

Any new signings are likely to be announced by the club after next week’s season finale, the European Challenge Cup Final in Bilbao.

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