Cardiff Blues have announced the worst kept secret in Welsh rugby, the signing of Dragons captain and Wales international Cory Hill, who will arrive to add to the second row at the Arms Park.
The 27-year-old is making a return to the club having come through the regional development pathway, but was released during the reign of Phil Davies in 2013 having mainly featured in the Welsh Premiership for hometown club Pontypridd.
Hill initially headed for Moseley in the English Championship but was quickly snapped up by the Dragons and has gone on to make appearances for the Rodney Parade-based side, taking over captaincy duties at the start of the 2017/18 season.
In that time he has won international caps with Wales, co-captaining the squad that toured the Americas in the summer of 2018 alongside new team-mate Ellis Jenkins, although he missed out on last year’s World Cup through injury.
He will now compete with Seb Davies, James Ratti, Ben Murphy and Rory Thornton, as well as Josh Turnbull, for a spot in the Cardiff Blues second row.
Speaking to the official club website, Hill said, “I’m really excited to be returning to Cardiff Blues. This is where I began my career, where I came through the ranks and I have a huge amount of friends at the club.
“I will always be grateful to the Dragons, and their supporters, for the the seven years I enjoyed at Rodney Parade. I have so many fond memories and immense pride from captaining them. However, I feel now is the time for a fresh challenge and a new direction in my career. There is a huge amount of talent in the Blues squad and a lot of young boys coming through with potential.
“I have been really impressed with John Mulvihill’s vision for the Blues and the style of play they are trying to implement, especially at the Arms Park. The competition for places will be intense but I am looking forward to linking up with them, playing my part and contributing to what is a really exciting future.”