Cardiff Blues fly-half Jarrod Evans has committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term deal, turning down interest from across the Severn Bridge.
The 24-year-old has come through the regional development pathway having started out at Pontyclun RFC, playing for Pontypridd Schools and Coleg y Cymoedd alongside Cardiff Blues age grade sides and then graduating into the first team.
Evans also earned Wales age grade honours, making his Cardiff debut off the bench against Glasgow Warriors in November 2015, going on to appear 88 times and scoring 508 points to-date. He made his Wales debut against Scotland in November 2018, winning six caps in total so far.
With his contract up at the end of the season he had been linked with moves to Bath, Gloucester and, most strongly, Worcester Warriors, but has chosen to stay at the Arms Park where he will compete with Rhys Priestland for the number 10 jersey next year.
Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, Evans said “It’s great to sign a new contact and I’m really happy to be staying here at Cardiff Blues, especially at such an exciting time.
“This is obviously my home team, I have grown up here and come through with a lot of these boys, who I also call good friends. I absolutely love playing at the Arms Park, but it was also important to make the right decision for my career.
“I have been really impressed with the impact Dai has made and I’m excited by the coaching team he is assembling and the direction he wants to go. I’m confident that this is the right environment for me to continue learning and developing as a player.
“With Rhys Priestland coming in there will be increased competition for places and that will be brilliant in terms of driving standards and performances, while I am also looking forward to bouncing ideas off each other and learning from his experience.
“This is a squad with a lot of potential and I am sure there is a lot more to come from us under the guidance of Dai. That is something I want to be a part of and I’m now just really looking forward to seeing how we can progress and challenge in the years to come.”