Cardiff have announced that Cory Hill has officially left the club with immediate effect after being released from his contract to take up an opportunity overseas.
The 29-year-old is not believed to have signed up to a change in contract terms last season when wage cuts were brought in during the start of the coronavirus pandemic, so when wage cuts were forced to continue this summer he was free to explore other opportunities and is set to play in Japan next season.
Hill only arrived back at the Arms Park last summer having initially been released in 2013, spending a short amount of time with Moseley in the English Championship before signing with the Dragons where he made 110 appearances in six-and-a-half seasons.
He returned to Cardiff last summer and made 12 appearances, scoring one try. The Pontypridd man also won 32 caps for Wales, but will now be ineligible for the national team due to the selection policy in place that requires Welshmen to play in Wales unless they have 60 caps to their name.
Speaking to the official club website, Hill said “I would like to thank Cardiff Blues, their supporters, Dai Young and all my teammates for their support during the past season.
“It was an unprecedented one with the effects of Covid meaning there were no crowds to watch us but I am sure the club is in good hands to compete both domestically and in Europe. I will certainly be watching Cardiff Rugby keenly from afar over the next few seasons and wish Dai and the team well.”