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Blues lock in fly-half Humberstone

27th January 2014 13:48

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Contract: Simon Humberstone

Cardiff fly-half Simon Humberstone has put pen to paper on a full-time professional contract at the Blues.

Humberstone, 26, has made four appearances for the Blues this season, making his first start in the LV= Cup victory over Ospreys in November.

The Basingstoke-born back recently started the LV= Cup fixture with Bath Rugby at the Recreation Ground and has now committed his playing future to Blues by signing a deal until at least 2015.

Humberstone started his career in the Harlequins Academy, gaining representative honours with South East England and England Students.

Following a season spent playing with Heriot RFC in the Otago province of New Zealand, he returned to the UK to study at UWIC.

Humberstone's growing reputation attracted the interest of a number of clubs during the summer of 2010, but he linked up with Pontypridd RFC and has been a key part of the club over the last few seasons.

"Simon joined up with us last year when we were looking for fly half cover and did brilliantly," said Director of Rugby Phil Davies.

"He was fantastic in the LV= Cup win over Ospreys and the Munster game in the RaboDirect PRO12 was also a very good experience for him as it showed him what is required at this level.

"Simon is an intelligent player and this is a big opportunity for him to be part of our set-up. It's exciting for him and it strengthens our squad at outside half, which is crucially important to us going forward."

Humberstone admitted signing the full-time contract with Blues was a dream come true.

"I got a taste about what it was all about back in November in the LV= Cup and after that whets your appetite it is all you want to achieve," he said.

"Being here with Dale McIntosh and Paul John, who I know so well from Pontypridd, makes the move even more enjoyable and I'm determined to make this a success.

"Just being around world class players on a full-time basis improves your game, you have to deal with the intensity just in training and the pressure it puts on your skill set. It makes you a better player.

"It's unfortunate for Rhys (Patchell) at the moment as he is out injured after such a good season, but it gives opportunities for players like me and Gareth Davies to put a marker down for the number 10 jersey."

Humberstone also paid a special tribute to Pontypridd for their understanding and support over the last three and a half years.

"I owe a massive debt of gratitude to Ponty for all they have done for me. It's a special club with fantastic fans and a superb coaching staff. I wouldn't be where I am today without them so I wish them every success for the future."

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