Cardiff RFC fly-half Gareth Thompson will leave the Arms Park this summer as he heads North up the A470 to play for Merthyr when community rugby in Wales resumes.
The 26-year-old has been a mainstay of the Blue and Blacks side for the last four years, bringing up a total of 105 appearances in that time as he dominated the number ten jersey since signing in the summer of 2016.
Thompson has racked up 951 points in that time and was a key part of the 2018/19 WRU National Cup winning squad, scoring 10 points in the final against the Ironmen who he will now join.
At The Wern he will battle with Rhys Davies for the number 10 jersey as the fly-half joins from the Cardiff Blues Academy after struggling to make the grade at the Arms Park.
The 22-year-old made Celtic Cup appearances for Cardiff Blues A and was involved with the Wales Sevens setup while in the Academy but mostly featured for Merthyr in the Indigo Group Premiership who he now joins on a permanent basis.
Thompson and Davies will be joined in Dale McIntosh’s squad by another Cardiff RFC player as Teri Gee departs the Arms Park for a second stint with the Ironmen.
The 23-year-old signed with the Blue and Blacks in December after returning from a spell in Australia, scoring five tries in seven appearances, but will now return to Merthyr after a contract with Cardiff Blues was not forthcoming.