Rey Lee-Lo has become the latest Cardiff Blues deal to put pen-to-paper on a new deal that will keep him at the Arms Park beyond this summer.
The 33-year-old has been a mainstay of the side since his arrival in 2015, making his 100th appearance for the club against Pau back in December, and he currently sits on 106 outings in all competitions with 22 tries to his name.
Before that the Samoan had appeared for the Crusaders and Hurricanes in Super Rugby alongside playing for Counties Manukau in the New Zealand domestic competition. He has also won 26 caps for Manu Samoa and appeared briefly in the World Cup last year although a red card ended his competition early.
Lee-Lo has arguably been in his best form for Cardiff Blues over the last 18 months, scoring nine tries in 23 games last season and earning the coveted Cardiff Rugby Life Player of the Year award, with that high level carried into this season, especially in the absence of Willis Halaholo.
He will now stay at the Arms Park for the next few years and told the club’s official website, “I’m really happy to sign this new deal and commit my future to Cardiff Blues. For both myself and my family, this has become home and that played a big part in why I wanted to stay. We’re very settled in the area and the club have been fantastic in looking after us.
“It was a special moment for us all to make my 100th appearance earlier this season, and I’m just really happy to have the opportunity to continue pulling on that jersey and doing my best for the team and our supporters who have also been great.
“I really feel like we’re building something special here, both on and off the field. We’ve worked hard to develop a great culture over the last couple of years, and it’s an exciting, close-knit place to be.
“It’s also good to be part of a really exciting backline, and I’m looking forward to seeing how we kick on over the next few months. We’re all determined to challenge and be competitive, and we have the ability to do that.”
I’m really pleased. No, ecstatic. 👌