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Llewellyn fully focused on continuing progression after impressive start

First Team News | 28th September 2022

Max Llewellyn is desperate to ensure he keeps progressing, after an impressive start to the 2022/23 season.

The homegrown centre has been a handful in attack during the opening two fixtures, as the 23-year-old builds on a strong finish to the last campaign.

Llewellyn, who has 30 first team appearances to his name since making his debut in 2018, has stood out with his hard carries which regularly gets his side over the gain-line.

However, the centre is eager to develop into a complete player and wants to see signs of improvement from week-to-week.

Llewellyn said: “I’ve really enjoyed having a run in the side. There’s a couple of things I’ve been able to do well, but I’ve looked back at the games and there’s definitely places I can still improve on.

“The run definitely does help my confidence, especially following a good little run of form at the end of last season. To continue that going into this season has helped to grow my confidence to get on the ball more and try to create a bit more.

“Pushing on is something I’ve always wanted to do, but the main thing for me is making sure I improve year-on-year. 

“I don’t want to feel like I’ve wasted a season and haven’t improved from the start to finish of a campaign, and that’s what I feel like I’m doing at the moment.

“I honestly think that if I can continue to improve and get better from wher eI am now then the selection will take care of itself.

“I did a lot of work over the off-season, working on aspects like my passing so I can offer myself and slot in at first receiver if needed, like if the 10 is not there.

“I want to be a pair of hands out of the back rather than just being someone who can run a hard line and get over the gain-line. Not that I ever want to go away from that either, because it will always be valuable to teams, but I just want to keep progressing and building my game.

“That’s true from the Munster game and it’s a starting point where I want to keep on going from.”

Llewellyn and his Cardiff team-mates will be desperate to bounce back following last week’s defeat to Glasgow when the welcome Emirates Lions to the capital on Friday.

The centre is expecting a typically physical challenge at the Arms Park, but believes his side can respond positively: “We saw a bit more of what we wanted to do against Munster but a bit of discipline let us down in Glasgow and we maybe faded out of the game.

“So this week is about making it right against a Lions side who had a good win against Ospreys and will be really up for it when they come here.

“They’ve got a good, big forward pack, like a lot of South African sides, and we will be looking to try to stop them up front.”

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