Hurricane Harri signs on the dotted line

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Cardiff Blues have announced the re-signing of Harri Millard on a new long-term contract after the centre impressed in a breakthrough season at the Arms Park.

It is another success of the Cardiff Blues development pathway with the Mountain Ash native having played age grade rugby all the way through, as well as gaining Wales age grade honours.

22-year-old Millard had hardly featured for Cardiff Blues this season, despite making his Guinness Pro14 debut off the bench in Glasgow way back in March 2016, featuring mainly in development competitions.

However, he has scored tries wherever he has gone, with four tries in nine British and Irish Cup games, and three tries in six Anglo-Welsh Cup games, as well as spending time honing his skills on the Sevens circuit.

Millard’s break came just before Christmas when a mini-injury crisis saw him take a spot on the bench away to Ulster and Glasgow where, although the team performance was disappointing, his individual contribution was stand out.

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Harri Millard makes a tackle against Ulster

Three starts against Connacht, Glasgow and Kings during the Six Nations period cemented his reputation as an exciting talent, and while he hasn’t bagged many tries yet, he has made plenty due to his clever lines and searing pace, while impressing with his defensive positioning.

Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, Millard said, “It was an easy decision to stay at Cardiff Blues. All of my friends are here, there are some really classy players and I’ve played quite a lot of rugby this season.

“There’s really good competition in the centre, which is great for the squad. We all train well and are desperate to keep each other out of the jersey so it’s really good for the team and also our own personal development.

“I knew I had to take my opportunity earlier this season and it has been great to play in some massive games and against world-renowned players.

“Hopefully there will be more of the same next season. The future is really bright, I’m looking forward to playing with the boys for a few more years and hopefully contributing to a successful season next year.”

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