Cardiff Blues have announced that Josh Navidi has signed a new Cardiff Blues contract in what is the first announcement to be made about the future of the region beyond May.
The impasse over the financial details behind Project Reset have left the Welsh regions unable to re-sign current players or sign new players for the 2019/20 season and beyond, but Cardiff Blues have put that to one side and confirmed the influential back rower’s future at the Arms Park.
Navidi has been a Cardiff Blues player since making his debut in October 2009 against Leinster, making 169 appearances in all competitions to date, scoring 21 tries in the process and cementing his place as a firm Arms Park favourite.
Since 2017 he has also become a Principality Stadium favourite as well, transferring his consistently superb club form into the international arena during a breakout 2017 Autumn Series during which he started against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
He has started every game of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations so far, and is set to play a key role in Warren Gatland’s squad that heads to Japan for the World Cup in September.
Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website about his new deal, Navidi said, “It’s nice to get another contract signed. Everything is going well here and looking positive for the future, so I was more than happy to sign on the dotted line.
“This new contract takes me beyond 10 years at Cardiff Blues. This place has been massive for me and got me to where I wanted in my career. We’ve had some tough times and have had to dig in at but after seeing the boys lift the Amlin Challenge Cup in 2009 and to then play a part and lifting it last year was brilliant.
“With the World Cup around the corner it was important to stay in Wales to ensure I’m eligible but I’m also very happy here and hopefully we can achieve like last year and keep pushing forward in the PRO14.”