Loosehead prop Rhys Gill has signed a new contract with the Cardiff Blues, extending his career by at least another season and helping avert a serious crisis for John Mulvihill.
The 32-year-old has signed on for a 14th year of professional rugby, having started his career with Cardiff Blues back in 2005, appearing 22 times before departing the club for Saracens in the summer of 2009.
In seven seasons at the London club he helped them win the Gallagher Premiership three times, and the Heineken Champions Cup once, before returning to Cardiff Blues in 2016. He also has seven Welsh caps to his name.
Gill was set to depart again at the end of the season having not been offered a new contract due to Project Reset delays, and was considering retirement to take up a full-time role at the flooring company he part-owns with former Cardiff Blues hooker Ross Johnston.
However he has been talked round by the rugby management and signed a new deal, avoiding the situation whereby Brad Thyer and Corey Domachowski would be the only first team loosehead props as Rhys Carre departs for Gill’s old club Saracens.
Speaking to the official Cardiff Blues website, Gill said, “I’m really happy to have signed for my home region and to be staying here for the next two years. I’m very settled here and optimistic about the future.