Cardiff Blues have announced the return of fly-half Jason Tovey to the Arms Park, six years on from leaving following a tough single season in the capital.
Having played mini and junior rugby at Risca RFC, he moved into the Dragons academy and played for Newport RFC before making his senior debut in the 2007/08 campaign, winning Young Player of the Year at the 2010 Welsh Rugby Awards.
He then switched to Cardiff Blues in 2012 with the expectation of being first choice fly-half, but the emergence of Rhys Patchell saw him start only 13 games in all competitions, and he was released from his contract early to return to Rodney Parade.
Tovey would head North, initially on loan, to Edinburgh in 2016, eventually signing a two-year deal which saw him appear 34 times altogether for the Scottish side, before coming back to Wales with Cross Keys last summer.
However, after only eleven outings in the Principality Premiership he was back with the Dragons for a third spell as injury cover, playing a further 15 times and kicking the winning points as the Gwent side beat Scarlets on Judgement Day.
Still only 29, he now returns to the Arms Park where he will join Jarrod Evans in the fly-half ranks, with Matthew Morgan, Dan Fish and Ben Thomas also capable of covering the number 10 jersey if required.
Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, Tovey said, “I’m very grateful to have been given a second opportunity to join Cardiff blues. I still have a lot more to give to the professional game and I can’t wait to get started with the boys later this month.
“I’ve grown a lot as a person both on and off the field since 2012 and feel my particular strengths can help the team. The opportunity to learn off the players and coaches already here will also only help improve me as an individual.
“Watching the Blues last season, they play an exciting brand of rugby, score a lot of tries and have a lot of young talent coming through like Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams and Owen Lane. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with these boys during the next couple of seasons.”