Cardiff Blues have moved to secure the signature of one of the hottest properties in Welsh rugby at the moment as Josh Adams will join the club from Worcester Warriors at the end of the season.
After a superb Six Nations campaign that saw him score three tries in five games and get a nomination for player of the tournament, the signing is a statement of real intent from John Mulvihill as he begins to add to the squad for next season.
With the new Wales selection policy of having to have 60 caps to be eligible for a call-up when playing outside the country beginning to bite, the likes of Adams are having to return to one of the regions to keep their international ambitions alive.
No doubt all four Welsh sides were keen on the signature of the 23-year-old, but Cardiff Blues have won the race to sign the winger, and Adams will ply his trade at the Arms Park from next season on what is described as a ‘long-term contract’.
The 11-cap Wales international came through the Scarlets academy after attending Ysgol Gyfun y Strade in Llanelli and playing for the town’s club side alongside appearing for Wales U20s. However, he only made one senior Scarlets appearance in the Anglo-Welsh Cup before being snapped up by Worcester Warriors.
He started his time in England with spells on loan at Cinderford and Nottingham, but after a hugely successful 2016/17 campaign in which he moved through the Anglo-Welsh side and into the Gallagher Premiership he became a bonafide first-teamer.
What followed in 2017/18 was an incredible season that saw Adams finish as the Premiership’s joint-top try scorer with 13 and make his Wales debut against Scotland in the Six Nations, before going on the summer tour to the Americas. He scored his first try in red against Argentina in the June of 2018.
Adams is now on course to head to Japan for the World Cup next September as one of the back three contingent, before joining up with the Cardiff Blues where he will compete for a spot on the wing or at full-back with the likes of Blaine Scully, Owen Lane, Jason Harries and Matthew Morgan.
Speaking to the official Cardiff Blues website, the newly announced signing said, “It is great to be returning to Wales and I cannot wait to link up with Cardiff Blues next season.
“I’ve been really impressed with John’s vision for the future and the attacking brand of rugby the Blues play will really suit my game. It is a young and exciting squad, with a good blend of experience, which has a bright future and I’m looking forward to contributing towards that.
“I will always be grateful to Worcester Warriors for giving me the opportunity to become a professional player and I have loved my time at Sixways. But to play for Wales I need to play in Wales and Cardiff Blues is the best fit for me. I’m really looking forward to the next chapter at Cardiff Arms Park.”