Cardiff Blues prop Rhys Carre will join current Gallagher Premiership champions and European rugby heavyweights Saracens this summer when his academy deal ends.
The 21-year-old has come through the development pathway to reach the first team at the Arms Park, but feels as if his immediate future lies away from Wales, and will arrive at Allianz Park after the current season ends.
Carre has Wales U18 and Wales U20 honours, and has turned out for the Cardiff Blues Premiership Select XV, Cardiff Blues A and played in the Anglo-Welsh Cup development tournament.
He has also appeared 26 times in the Blue and Black of Cardiff RFC over the last four seasons, most recently off the bench against Llandovery on Saturday in the National Cup semi-final.
This season has seen Carre step up to the Cardiff Blues first team properly for the first time, making 12 appearances in all competitions and impressing during the Six Nations period with his physical carrying in particular.
Speaking to the official Saracens website, the player said, “The WRU and the Blues have been brilliant for my development over the past few years and I’d like to thank them for everything they’ve done for me,” Carre said.
“The opportunity to move to a club like Saracens is extremely exciting. They’re a club who look after people extremely well and have also helped develop many young players into elite performers.
“It will be a fresh start for myself and a change of scenery but it’s something I’m relishing.”