Liam Belcher is one of many players to come through Treorchy's junior and youth ranks, before earning a call up to the Cardiff Blues Academy.
The hooker displayed his natural leadership skills early on, and was appointed captain of the regional under-18s squad.
Capped for Wales at under-20s level, Belcher was selected for the Junior World Championships in Italy in 2015.
Belcher made his Cardiff Blues debut in November 2014 in the LV=Cup victory over Scarlets and later that season also appeared in the epic win over Wasps in the same competition.
While he spent 2017/18 at Dragons, Belcher returned to his home region a season later, making his Guinness PRO14 debut against Toyota Cheetahs, and also played a crucial role for Cardiff Blues A in the inaugural Celtic Cup campaign.
The hooker estblished himself in the senior team at Cardiff Arms Park, as he competed with the likes of Kirby Myhill and Kristian Dacey for the number two jersey.