Blues sign Wales international Morgan


Cardiff Blues have secured the signing of Wales international Matthew Morgan from the 2016-17 season.

The 23-year-old arrives at Cardiff Arms Park from Bristol on a two-year contract, having picked up the Championship Player of the Season award last term.

Former Osprey Morgan, who can play at full-back and fly-half and will fill the gap left by Scarlets-bound Rhys Patchell, was part of the Wales squad at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, starting the 23-13 win over Fiji at 15.

"I'm very proud to be joining Cardiff Blues and feel I can test myself and develop the skills I need to keep knocking on the door for Wales, an ambition I'm working towards every day to fulfil," Morgan told the region's official website.

"I want to thank [director of rugby] Andy Robinson for the opportunity he gave me at Bristol, and [Wales coach] Warren Gatland for the opportunity he gave me during the World Cup, two experiences I've hugely enjoyed and learnt from.

"I also want to reassure fans of Bristol that I'll do everything I can to support the club from now until the end of the season. I've had a number of offers from England, France and Japan, but felt moving back to Wales was the correct decision to achieve my goals at this point in my career."

The move sees Morgan link up once again with Blues head coach Danny Wilson, who was on the staff at Bristol last season.

"I'm absolutely delighted to sign Matthew and to welcome him to Cardiff Blues from next season," said Wilson.

"I've worked with Matthew before and know what a dedicated and committed professional he is. I'm sure he will want to have a big end to the season with Bristol Rugby and then make a successful return to Wales."