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'Nipper' becomes 10th player to re-sign with Cardiff Blues

Blues News | 3rd March 2020


Matthew Morgan becomes the 10th player of the season to extend his stay at Cardiff Blues, after penning a new long-term deal with Wales’ Capital Region.

The full back joins nine team-mates, as well as new recruits Sam Moore and Luke Scully,  in committing his future to the Arms Park outfit.

The five-times capped Wales international, who made his Test debut against South Africa in 2014, has become a firm fan favourite at Cardiff Blues since arriving from Bristol in 2016.

The 27 year old, known as ‘Nipper’, has been in dazzling form for the region this season, touching down for three tries and impressing with his trademark counter attacks and solid defensive work. 

Morgan, who was part of the 2018 Challenge Cup-winning side in Bilbao, is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, which he suffered against Leicester Tigers in January.

However, the full back is delighted to continue his time at the Welsh capital and is determined to bounce back stronger than ever upon his return from injury, targeting a comeback before the end of the season.

Morgan said: “I’m really happy to get this deal over the line. Ever since arriving at Cardiff Blues back in 2016, it has really felt like home here.

“We’re a tight-knit group, and I have a lot of friends here now, and on top of that I’ve been really enjoying my rugby here.

“Up until the injury back in January, I felt like I was in good form. But now I’m fully focused on my rehab and making sure I come back from this injury stronger than ever before and help the region to be competitive in the future. 

"Hopefully, if all goes well, I'll be looking to return to action before the end of the season and will then have a full pre-season under my belt.

“It feels like we’re building something special within the culture here, and I’m really excited to be part of that.”

The full back, who has made 87 appearances since joining the region, picked up the 2018/19 Genero Try of the Season after his sensational solo effort against Saracens last season.

John Mulvihill is delighted to see the full back tie down his future at Cardiff Blues, and is looking forward to seeing Morgan setting the Arms Park alight for the foreseeable future.

The head coach added: “I thought Nipper was excellent during the first half of the season and I have full faith that he will bounce back from this injury.

“When we’re fully stocked, we have a very competitive back three division here, and he’s very much a part of that.

“When he’s got the ball in his hands, you feel the anticipation in the crowd. He's got that ability to create a spark and come up with a moment of magic out of nothing, like we've seen multiple times over the last couple of seasons.

"He is a real role model for the younger boys like Ioan Davies, who is coming through the academy. 

"We’re delighted to see another player committing to the region, as it shows what we’re building here, and we’re excited to announce some more re-signings in the near future.”