Matthew Screech returns to Cardiff for next season

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Dragons second row Matthew Screech will head back to the Arms Park over the summer as he is set to be Cardiff Blues’ second signing ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

The 28-year-old came through the development pathway with us having played for Rhondda Schools before graduating to Cardiff Blues age grade sides while winning Wales age grade honours. He also played nine times for Pontypridd and 45 times for Cardiff RFC.

Screech made four substitute Cardiff Blues appearances during the 2011/12 campaign, three in the Anglo-Welsh Cup and a Guinness Pro14 debut against Aironi before making the switch to Dragons in the summer of 2013.

Since then he has played 157 times for the Newport-based side, but will make the switch back across the wetlands this summer to do battle with Cory Hill, Seb Davies, James Ratti, Ben Murphy and Teddy Williams in the Cardiff engine room as a question mark remains about the future of Rory Thornton.

Speaking in his press conference this week, Dragons director of rugby Dean Ryan confirmed that “at the moment we haven’t contracted Matthew Screech and I believe he is talking to another region. I believe that is potentially resolved but I don’t know, so that is probably a question for Matthew Screech.”

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