Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill is hopeful that he’ll be able to bring in reinforcements to the front five in the near future if a new funding model is agreed for regional rugby.
Speaking on the daily Wales Online rugby show ‘The Gain Line’ last Friday, before the loss to Edinburgh, Mulvihill was asked about the lack of signings up front and how Project Reset has impacted on his plans for the future.
“Project Reset slowed us down in a big way”, he told Jon Doel and Simon Thomas, “we kept Dmitri Arhip at the club and signed Rory Thornton rather than him being on loan.
“We also put faith in guys like Macauley Cook to continue on, Ben Murphy to get his chance, and we’re lucky to have Josh Turnbull who can step up as well. It’s not ideal and next year again will be different.”
Looking at the future, Mulvihill said, “we have a new board in at the moment, and they are confident in my ability to manage the coaching group. We have brought in Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Jason Tovey and Will Boyde, while Ben Thomas, Max Llewellyn, Ioan Davies and Teddy Williams can step up.
“We are a small squad but we will continue to add quality to that. There are players out there at the moment knocking at our door wanting to come to the Cardiff Blues because they can see there is going to be a big future at the club.
“You’ll see in the next few weeks a new funding model come out hopefully and we’ll look to bolster.”
Many supporters felt the lack of big ball carriers was stark in Saturday’s loss to Edinburgh, and this appears to show that Mulvihill is aware, as well as numerous links over the last six months to South Africa lock RG Snyman.
These appear to have failed but give an indication as to the calibre of players Cardiff Blues are after.