Josh Turnbull signs new Cardiff Blues contract

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Cardiff Blues utility forward Josh Turnbull has signed a new contract to keep him at the Arms Park for the next few years.

The 31-year-old has become a stalwart of the squad since his arrival from Scarlets in the summer of 2014, with 130 appearances to his name, becoming a key part of the leadership group and captaining the team on a number of occasions.

Featuring in the second row and across the back row, he has been one of the top tacklers in the side and a key lineout jumper, as well as a big part of the carrying game, and is a bona fide fan favourite at the Arms Park.

Turnbull has also won 10 Wales caps during his career and trained with the squad back in November during Wayne Pivac’s first week in charge before the game against the Barbarians.

Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, he said “I’m really happy to have agreed this extension to stay at the club for the next few years. I’ve had a few conversations with John Mulvihill recently and he was keen to keep me here. I really want to be part of what we are building moving forward so it was a no-brainer.

“I’ve been here six years now and have made 130 appearances. I’m really enjoying and it is great to see all of the young boys coming through and establishing themselves. These young players and the competition for places, whether in the back-row or second-row, keeps me motivated and on my toes. I just want to keep driving the standards here.

“I have versatility on my side and that is definitely a benefit with all the competition. But I just want to be on the pitch. Whether that’s wearing 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8, I am more than happy to do what I can for the team.”

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