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Garyn Smith to depart Cardiff at the end of 2021/22 campaign

First Team News | 17th May 2022

Cardiff Rugby can confirm Garyn Smith will leave the club at the end of the season.

The centre came through the club’s ranks, progressing from Pontypridd to the Cardiff age-grade set-up and academy, making his senior debut during the 2014-15 season. 

He has now made 111 first team appearances over a seven year period, but with his contract coming to an end, Smith becomes the 12th player to leave the Arms Park this season. 

Cardiff director of rugby, Dai Young, said: “I would like to thank Garyn for everything he has contributed in a Cardiff jersey over the years.

“He is a great professional, who is eager to learn and always gives his absolute all but with his contractual situation and the rebuilding process we are undertaking, we were unable to offer him a new deal. 

“At 26, he still has a lot to come in his career, and we wish him all the very best for his next chapter wherever that may be.”

Smith made his 100th appearance for the club during last season’s home victory over Benetton Rugby and has added seven more this season. 

His time in Blue and Black will be best remembered for the key role he played in winning the 2018 European Challenge Cup. Coming on as a replacement, as a makeshift wing, Smith scored a try and secured the match-winning penalty as Cardiff completed a remarkable comeback.

And Smith admits he leaves with countless memories, with Bilbao 2018, right at the top.

He added: “It will be difficult to leave the club at the end of the season, having come through the regional pathway and enjoyed so many years here.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me fulfil my dream of playing for my home professional team and all of my coaches, teammates and of course the supporters at Cardiff Arms Park.

“I have so many fond memories of my time with Cardiff, from making my first appearance to my 100th and of course the Challenge Cup but I am also now excited for a new challenge.

“I leave the club with some friends for life, memories made and plenty of gratitude for the opportunity I have had for the past seven years.”