Thomas Young will return to Cardiff next season

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Cardiff Rugby have announced the signing of Wasps and Wales back rower Thomas Young ahead of the 2022/23 campaign as he returns to the club where he started his career.

The 29-year-old came through the age grade and academy system at the club before making his Anglo-Welsh Cup debut in November 2010 and then his league debut in September 2011, appearing 19 times in all competitions before departing in January 2014.

He initially joined Gloucester on a six-month deal before signing for Wasps that summer where he has made 141 appearances and scored 35 tries so far, and was part of the squad that made the Gallagher Premiership Finals in both 2017 and 2020.

Young, who has three Wales caps under his belt and is set to be named in the squad for the upcoming Autumn Internationals, now returns to the Arms Park to compete in a healthy back row department alongside the likes of fellow Welsh internationals Shane Lewis-Hughes, Josh Turnbull, James Botham, Ellis Jenkins and Josh Navidi.

Speaking to the official club website, he said “I’m really excited to have this opportunity at Cardiff and I’m looking forward to returning home to Wales. 

“It was a difficult decision to make because I’ve had such an enjoyable time at Wasps and learnt so much, which I remain very grateful for but I’m also a proud Welshman and the opportunity to stake a claim for further international honours was too great to turn down. 

“Once I made that decision, Cardiff was always my preference – this is my home club. I am born and bred in the Cynon Valley, I played all of my age-grade rugby for the region and still have a lot of friends here from that time. 

“I’m looking forward to linking up with the boys and contributing next season but remain fully committed to Wasps and want to sign off on a high.” 

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