Macauley Cook becomes first confirmed Cardiff Blues departure

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Cardiff Blues have confirmed that Macauley Cook will be leaving the club this summer after a decade in the first team at the Arms Park.

The 28-year-old is a Academy graduate having played for Treorchy RFC as a mini and junior, making an Anglo-Welsh Cup debut against Exeter Chiefs in November 2010 before a first league appearance came against Aironi 12 months later.

Since then he has gone on to play 167 times for Cardiff Blues in all competitions, scoring 17 tries as he featured in the second row and across the back row, becoming a favourite on the terraces at the Arms Park with his consistent and committed performances.

Cook has also regularly played for Pontypridd and Cardiff RFC in the Indigo Group Premiership, making 48 appearances for the Blue and Blacks to take him into the 200 club for Cardiff Rugby.

It is believed Cook will held to the Greene King Championship with Jersey Reds next season where he will link up with former Cardiff Blues team-mates Jack Roberts and Tom Williams.

Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, Cook said, “It’s sad to be leaving Cardiff Blues, particularly given the current circumstances and not being able to have a send off with my teammates, all the great people at the Arms Park and of course the supporters.

“However, I look back on my career at the Blues with immense pride. This is my home region and it was always my dream to play professional rugby. To do that for 10 years at Cardiff Blues was amazing and I will always be grateful for the opportunities given and the friends I made along the way.

“There are so many stand out memories from my first senior appearance, against Exeter Chiefs, to my 150th with a great win against Munster and my family in the crowd, and of course our journey to winning the European Challenge Cup. Cardiff Blues will always remain a massive part of me but I am now looking forward to a change of environment and relishing the challenges ahead.”

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