Cardiff Blues winger, Bilbao try scorer and general cult hero Blaine Scully will leave Cardiff Blues by mutual agreement this summer after four years at the club.
The 31-year-old will move on to pastures new, but first will captain his country at the Rugby World Cup in Japan after they have competed in this summer’s Pacific Nations Cup, hopefully adding to his 46 test caps won so far.
Scully arrived at the Arms Park a relatively unknown prospect after two years on the fringes of the Leicester Tigers side, but after a slow start to his Cardiff Blues career he became an instant fan favourite in October 2016 with a spectacular diving try against the Scarlets.
Chants of ‘USA, USA’ became common place in the Welsh capital after that, as Scully went on to play a crucial part in the European Challenge Cup win, scoring the third try to bring the scores close enough for Gareth Anscombe’s winning kick.
He leaves with 51 appearances to his name, as well as 12 tries across all competitions, and as a man with the respect of the supporters thanks to his regular visits to the Jack Matthews Bar after a game as part of his link with Cardiff Blues Supporters Club.
Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, Scully said, “The timing is right, and more than anything I’m grateful for the time my wife and I have had here. Everyone has welcomed us with open arms, and we couldn’t have been prouder to call this team and this place home for the last couple of years.
“I’m excited to return to the United States and focus on the upcoming World Cup, and then look forward to our next experience. I wish the Blues great success going forward. They will always have a special place in my heart.”
“I have been very fortunate to have played for two of the proudest and most historic clubs in Europe (Leicester Tigers and Cardiff Blues) and to share a field (Arms Park) that so many greats have played on, in front of so many wonderful fans and supporters for these last years.
“That’s not something I could ever have imagined as a young kid from California. Hearing USA chants throughout the Arms Park in Cardiff, Wales’ capital city is pretty surreal at times. We’ve had some incredible results on the field, I was very fortunate to be a part of that and I’m leaving with nothing but gratitude.
“Bilbao was an incredible experience and I was happy to share the field with a group of men I respect more than anything else. A huge thank you to my teammates, who have made this such a truly valuable experience, the supporters, fans and the larger Blues family.”