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Daf Hughes puts pen to paper on new deal

First Team News | 13th June 2024

Cardiff Rugby can confirm that Daf Hughes has signed a new contract to remain at the Arms Park.

The hooker joined the Blue and Blacks from Jersey Reds last season and made two first team appearances. 

He has now put pen to paper on a new deal to compete with Liam Belcher, Evan Lloyd and Efan Daniel for the number two jersey, and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

The 28-year-old said: “I am so grateful for the opportunity to remain at Cardiff. Since the sad collapse of Jersey, I have had a great welcome at the Arms Park and have enjoyed being part of a really competitive squad, which is full of potential and striving to improve.

“There is a lot of competition at hooker but we all get along well and are driving each other to become better players. 

“It was an honour to pull on the blue and black jersey this year and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to do that again next season.” 

Hughes joined former English Championship club Jersey last summer, having previously made 38 appearances for the Scarlets during a seven-year spell, in which he also represented Wales Under-20s. 

Matt Sherratt gave the former Llandovery College student the opportunity to keep his playing career alive after the Reds went into administration and he was impressed by what he saw. 

Sherratt added: “We were pleased to add Daf to our front-row resources last season and he arrived at the Arms Park with a point to prove and opportunity to grasp.  

“While his playing time has been limited in a really competitive position for us, I have been really impressed by his resilience, professionalism and work ethic. 

“He is great for our environment and is someone who keeps his head down and just goes about his work quietly and diligently. 

“As a player he is technically very well-rounded and I have absolutely no doubt that when he has an opportunity he will take it given the experience he already has at this level.”