Cardiff Blues are rumoured to be close to bringing Rhys Carre back to the Arms Park in time for next season after Saracens were punished with relegation for breaking the salary cap.
It has even been suggested that there have been talks about the loosehead returning to the Welsh capital on loan for the last two months of the season, joining after his commitments with Wales at the Six Nations are over.
Carre’s departure last season was one of many Project Reset consequences, as the 21-year-old signed a deal to head to Saracens before Cardiff Blues’ budget could be confirmed and offer the player more money than he is currently on at Allianz Park.
Since then he has made five appearances for the Gallagher Premiership side, most recently picking up a red card in the Heineken Champions Cup win over Ospreys, with the suspension ruling him out of the Six Nations opener against Italy next week.
With the news that Saracens are set to be relegated though there is expected to be a number of departures from the London club, with Mark McCall quoted as saying, “There’s no doubt the bunch of players we’ve got in our squad now aren’t going to be the same bunch of players we have in the Championship next year.
“We have got some time to plan for a new era, a new journey, and that is the optimistic way of looking at it.”
Carre is out of contract in the summer of 2021 and as such not a long-term option for a rebuild, and with the player himself keen to leave in order to ensure his continued involvement at international level, Saracens are unlikely to stand in his way.
He would then be able to add to his 18 Cardiff Blues appearances, doing battle with Rhys Gill, Brad Thyer and Corey Domachowski for the number one jersey at the Arms Park.