Cardiff second row Ben Murphy has left the club and joined Greene King Championship side Doncaster Knights on a permanent deal with immediate effect.
The 25-year-old started out at Abercynon RFC and played age grade rugby for Cardiff before slipping through the net as an 18-year-old and signing for Merthyr. Some standout performances for the Ironmen as they earned promotion to, and became victorious in, the Welsh Premiership caught the eye and he was soon drafted into the Premiership Select XV in the British & Irish Cup.
On the back of that Murphy signed a professional deal with the club, making his debut both in the Anglo-Welsh Cup and Guinness Pro14 during the 2017/18 campaign, and he would go on to make 19 appearances in all competitions. He also appeared nine times for the Rags.
First team chances have been hard to come by since Dai Young took over though and Doncaster have offered him regular game time at a good level, joining former Merthyr team-mate Kyle Evans at Castle Park.
Speaking to Cardiff’s official club website, Murphy said “I’ve loved every minute of my time at Cardiff and I’d like to thank all the players, the coaches and everyone who has supported me during my time at the club.
“I’ve made some great memories with some great people, but I’m now looking forward to making new ones at Doncaster and facing a fresh challenge. I’m excited to link up with the boys at Castle Park and want to contribute as much as I possibly can to the team.”