Tom Habberfield has joined the Cardiff Blues Academy coaching staff after being appointed ahead of over 100 other applicants to be named a Skills Coach.
The 27-year-old has been working as a teaching assistant alongside playing for Cardiff RFC in the Indigo Group Premiership after his release from the Ospreys at the end of last season.
He made 135 appearances in all competitions for the West Wales side in seven years at the region, appearing in the nine jersey and also on the wing, before his contract wasn’t renewed much to the confusion of many supporters at the Liberty Stadium.
Habberfield then signed for the Blue and Blacks, making 12 appearances so far and scoring three tries, as well as featuring for Cardiff Blues A in the Celtic Cup at the start of the season.
He will now work under his former attack coach at the Ospreys, Gruff Rees, who is the Cardiff Blues Academy Manager, and alongside fellow Academy coaches Gethin Jenkins, T Rhys Thomas and Nick MacLeod in developing stars of the future at the Arms Park.
Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, Habberfield said, “I’m really excited about this new challenge and grateful to Cardiff Blues for the opportunity to take this next step in my career. As a player who has come through an academy system in Wales, I am well aware of what is required, and I want to help young players develop and deliver on the potential.
“I have seen at first-hand what players can achieve if you get things right at this stage and I’ve been really impressed with the academy set-up at Cardiff Blues and the wealth of talent and experience within it.
“I did a lot of coaching during my time at the Ospreys and I’m looking forward to taking that next step and doing everything I can to develop and nurture the next generations of talent coming through at the Cardiff Blues.”