As the Principality Premiership prepares to return to action this weekend for a crucial season, Cardiff RFC have taken the opportunity to add to their squad once again.
11 new faces have already come through the semi-professional door at the Arms Park this summer, including Welsh international scrum-half Martin Roberts, former Scarlets and Ospreys number eight Morgan Allen, and Cardiff Blues academy graduate Thomas Davies.
They have now been joined by former Wales U20 lock Sam Pailor who returns to Wales after around four years playing in England, where incidentally he was born.
28-year-old Pailor made his mark at Pontypool before stepping up to train full-time with the Dragons in 2011, but did not make the grade at Rodney Parade. From there he played for Aberavon and Swansea in the Premiership before crossing the border in 2014.
During his time on the wrong side of the Severn he turned out for Doncaster, Bedford, Birmingham Moseley and Ealing, amongst others, and was most recently playing for Stourbridge RFC in the National 2 North.
Pailor will go up against the likes Kieran Martin, Nathan Smith and James Murphy for a spot in the Cardiff RFC engine room, but can also cover flanker and number eight if required.
Head coach Steve Law said of the signing, “we are delighted that Sam has chosen to play in Blue & Black on his return to Wales. He will be an asset to the squad in what will be a very challenging season.”
Cardiff RFC kick off their 2018/19 Principality Premiership campaign this Saturday as they host reigning champions Merthyr RFC at the Arms Park, kick-off is at 14:30.