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Shingler sets sights on game time

30th June 2016

Steven Shingler is ready to battle for the number 10 jersey following his move to Cardiff Blues.

The 25-year-old has moved east to Wales’ Capital Region following a three-year stint with the Scarlets.

He hopes to secure more game-time at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park but knows competition will be fierce with Gareth Anscombe, Jarrod Evans and Matthew Morgan all capable of pulling on the fly-half jersey.

Shingler said: “There’s real quality in that position, we will push each other for that starting position and the bench spot as well, which is becoming more and more important. 

“You only have to look to the Wales tour of New Zealand and the impact of Beauden Barrett to see how important the bench spot is in terms of changing games.

“I’ve come here as a fly-half but if the team need me elsewhere then that’s what I will do.”

Wales’ Capital Region did the double over Shingler’s former region last season and while he was not involved in either of those games he was impressed with what he saw.

Following a tough start to the campaign, Danny Wilson’s men turned their season around and battled to the bitter end for a spot in the top six.

That was not to be but Shingler is hopeful the progress will continue and he is aiming for a return to the top-tier European Champions Cup.

He added: “It will be an exciting season, everyone watching the Blues last season could see that they were heading in the right direction and hopefully I can add to that.

“I was impressed with the way the Blues played when they came down to Parc y Scarlets and I think the Scarlets were surprised with the scoreboard as well. 

 “We haven’t talked too much yet about our team goals but for me I like to take each game as it comes and to win each one, so I would be happy winning the European Cup and the league!

“But we also have to be realistic and that means improving from last year, which was seventh and getting back into the Champions Cup. If we find ourselves in a good position we can hopefully then push for the top four.”