Cryptic tweets may put Steff Evans back in the transfer mix

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While Project Reset rumbles on in the background, Cardiff Blues are continuing attempts to strengthen for next season despite the uncertainty surrounding budgets.

Back three appears to be a position which head coach John Mulvihill has identified as needing improvements, especially with a number of high quality Welsh-qualified players available this summer, allowing foreign player spots to be used elsewhere.

Josh Adams has been widely linked with a switch to the Arms Park by a number of outlets over the last few weeks, with the Worcester Warriors winger out of contract at the end of the season and requiring a return to Wales in order to keep international hopes alive.

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Josh Adams has been strongly linked with a move to Cardiff Blues

The 23-year-old, who can also cover at full-back if required, was believed to be at the centre of a battle between Cardiff Blues and Scarlets, where he was part of the academy system as a youngster.

However, the West Wales side are confident that Johnny McNicholl will re-sign for them, and as such have passed up the opportunity to pick up Adams for after the World Cup.

Also heavily linked with a move to Cardiff Blues has been Hallam Amos, with the 24-year-old reportedly keen on a move away from his current region of Dragons in order to challenge for Heinken Champions Cup rugby.

Currently a medical student at Cardiff University, the 19-cap Wales international has played most of his rugby on the wing, but is capable of filling in at full-back and outside centre. Amos’ injury record will be a concern though, as he limped off again in the Dragons defeat to Ulster on the weekend.

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Hallam Amos is believed to have signed for Cardiff Blues

It seemed that this was the back three shopping done for John Mulvihill, but as Amos returned to the treatment room, Steff Evans’ father was re-igniting the flames of a move away from Parc y Scarlets for the Wales winger.

Evans was first linked with a switch to Cardiff Blues before Christmas when Josh Adams was destined to return to West Wales, while Steff was struggling to get into the Scarlets team under Wayne Pivac.

A run of games just after Christmas and a subsequent call-up to the Wales Six Nations squad, as well as chairman Nigel Short insisting the winger was contracted beyond the end of the season, seemed to rule out a move away, however the player’s father seemed to suggest that a switch was back on after Saturday’s win over Munster.

Released back to the Scarlets team for the game, Evans was only introduced to the action in the 76th minute, with his father tweeting ‘what a joke, really made a statement tonight’, followed by ‘looks like that was my last visit to PyS #CantWaitForTheNewAdventure’.

The tweets were finished by noting it is ‘great to see Cardiff Blues giving their released Wales players plenty of game time’.

It could mean nothing, it could mean something, but there is clearly some displeasure in the Evans camp over his current situation at the Scarlets, and John Mulvihill would no doubt be interested in his pace and line breaking ability.

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