Cardiff Blues have signed young back rower Shane Lewis Hughes to a three-year contract as he stays at the Arms Park until at least 2022.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a breakout year in 2019, making 22 appearances in all competitions after getting his chance against Glasgow in the Heineken Champions Cup back in January.
Lewis-Hughes actually made his Cardiff Blues debut back in October 2016, coming off the bench against the Scarlets in the Guinness Pro14, but had to be patient to get an extended run in the first team which he has taken with both hands.
Making a name for himself as a hard tackling and hard carrying blindside flanker, the former Rhondda Schoolboy also brings a jackal threat and has developed into one of the best lineout jumpers at the club, making himself a key member of the forward pack.
Lewis-Hughes has also received recognition at the top level, being named in Wayne Pivac’s first Wales squad as head coach against the Barbarians last month.
He capped off a fine year so far with a man-of-the-match display in the Cardiff Blues win over Ospreys at Liberty Stadium on Saturday night, and in the post match interview John Mulvihill revealed that a contract had been signed on Friday, keeping him at the club for the foreseeable future.
Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, Lewis-Hughes said, “I’ve been really pleased with this season so far and I’m delighted to commit my future to my home region.
“I’ve always wanted to play for Cardiff Blues, it is where all my friends play, and we are heading in the right direction with a lot of young talent complimented by experience.
“My aim is to be the very best and achieve everything I can at the highest level. I realise how lucky I am to do what I do every day and that’s what motivates me to get better every single day.
“I am now looking forward to turning our attention to the Dragons on Boxing Day and finishing 2019 on a high.”