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Cardiff the right place for me, says Evans

Jarrod Evans during training with Wales

Cardiff the right place for me, says Evans

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Jarrod Evans believes the future is bright at Cardiff Blues after he signed a new, long-term contract to stay with Wales’ capital region.

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Fly-half Evans, 24, helped his team to win the 2018 European Challenge Cup and has come through the Cardiff pathway having also played for Coleg y Cymoedd, Pontypridd and Wales Under-20.

He has six caps for Wales and believes Cardiff Blues is the best place for him to further his career ambitions both at regional and international level.

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“It’s been a bit of a long process to be honest. It’s been going on for a good few months,” said Evans of his new Cardiff deal.

“It’s a relief to get it out of the way and now I can just focus on what rugby we have left this season and getting myself in the best possible shape for next season.

“It’s been a little bit more difficult than usual, but we got there in the end. There was definitely interest from a few clubs in England.

“It’s been such an unusual year and you have to weigh up all sorts of things.

“I’ve been at the club for such a long time and all my mates are here, but I just wanted to make sure the Blues were going in the right direction.

“There are a few personnel changes and we’ve got the Pentwyn facility being updated. The club does seem to be going in the right direction and wanting to push for bigger things.”

Evans was a part of Wales’ 2021 Guinness Six Nations-winning squad, but he did not play as Wayne Pivac’s side lifted the title.

“I just want to play as much as I can. That’s the only way you learn, to be put in situations during a game,” said Evans.

“It’s been quite a stop-start season for myself. It seems like when the clubs get a bit of momentum and we look good with all the international boys back, they get taken away again.

“It’s a little bit disjointed. I went eight weeks without playing with Wales which was a little bit frustrating. There is nothing we can do about it though.

“It’s just about getting those games together and when you get that consistency, good things tend to happen.”

Evans will be joined at Cardiff next season by 50-cap Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland who has signed from Bath and attack coach Matt Sherratt who is returning from Worcester Warriors.

“Rhys is on fire for Bath and he’s got a lot of experience at international and club level,” said Evans.

“It’ll be good to work alongside him, see what I can pick up from him, and what I can give him as well.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

On Sherratt, who helped Cardiff win a European title in 2018, Evans added: “He’s a quality coach. A lot of the boys will have known a bit about him and have a huge amount of respect for him having worked with him for two or three years.

“A lot of the boys are pretty excited for him to come back. He’s got a lot of experience.

“It’ll be interesting to see what he comes back with.”

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