Cardiff Blues have announced the signing of Wales international fly-half Rhys Priestland on a long-term contract from Premiership side Bath.
He will make the move to the capital ahead of the 2021/22 season and arrives with an abundance of experience.
Priestland has established himself as a key figure since arriving at the Rec in 2015. He has made 109 first team appearances, scoring 810 points and was the Premiership’s top point scorer last season.
He will join Cardiff Blues in the summer to complement and compete with the existing fly-halves, while helping develop future talent.
Cardiff Blues interim director of rugby, Dai Young, said: “It is important to have quality players competing for every position and Rhys will bring further strength and depth to our options in the number 10 jersey and drive standards.
“He brings an abundance of experience and having worked in the Premiership for so long, I am very aware of the qualities he will bring to Cardiff Blues. He is a first class goal-kicker, with a quality tactical kicking game and is a great distributor, who can run an attacking game while also sound in defence.
“He is experienced, very professional and will relish competing for a starting spot at the Arms Park while helping young players develop their all round games.”
Priestland, of course, is well accustomed to the PRO14 having come through the ranks at the Scarlets and made 150 appearances for the Llanelli-based outfit.
The fly-half also helped Wales to the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-finals and 2012 Six Nations Grand Slam, with 50 international caps to his name.
He is now excited to write a new chapter in his career and believes there is enormous potential at Cardiff Blues.
Priestland said: “I have loved my time at Bath. I needed a change of environment and possibly stayed at the Scarlets a year too long but moving here has been great for me.
“Some of the coaches and players I have had the opportunity to work and play with has been great, I have learnt a lot and enjoyed playing in the Premiership.
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“However now is the right time to come back to Wales and I’m really excited about the future at Cardiff. They have a really exciting squad with a lot of good young players and some talented young coaches who I know well like Richie Rees, Tom Smith and Dwayne Peel, who will also be joining next season.
“Everyone speaks very highly of Dai and he has achieved some great things in the game as a coach with Cardiff Blues and Wasps, so I’m really looking forward to hopefully working for him.
“There is a lot of potential at Cardiff to kick on and I’m really looking forward to playing my part. I still have plenty to give on the pitch and look forward to competing for a starting jersey but I also hope to pass on my experience in the game.
“I have really enjoyed doing that at Bath and would love to help develop the young players at the Blues while hopefully learning from the likes of Jarrod, who is one of the most talented attacking 10s around.”