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Staying was a no brainer - Warburton

2nd November 2016

Sam Warburton admits it was a "no brainer" to recommit himself to Cardiff Blues and he is determined to help drive his home region to silverware.

The Wales captain penned a new National Dual Contract last week to extend his stay at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
He had no hesitation putting pen to paper and never considered a move elsewhere.
Warburton said: “It was a no brainer for me. This was my last season, I didn’t even look round at other clubs, it was very straightforward conversation between my agent and the WRU.  The contract was drafted up, I signed it straight away, there were next to no negotiations.

“It’s easy for me. I’ve just had a little girl born, Cardiff Blues is the club I’ve been at since I was first employed as a 16-year-old in the academy and I had a season ticket as a kid before that.
“I don’t want to leave and I’m delighted this contract will see me through until I’m 31.”
Warburton was part of the Amlin Challenge Cup winning squad of 2010 and has now set his sights of bringing more silverware back to his home region.
The Blues kicked-off their Guinness PRO12 campaign in style, with four consecutive wins but have now lost their last three – either side of two European victories.
However, he is still optimistic and is set to be involved in the match-day squad to face Benetton Treviso in Italy on Friday night.
He continued: “I said in a recent interview that there are a few things I still want to achieve in my career and one of those would be to win a league title with the Blues - or a cup competition but a league title would be great.
“I’ve signed on because I think that’s a realistic target, especially with the way we are moving forward with a new squad and coaching staff.
“We’ve had a few hiccups this season but all in all we’re moving in the right direction and I believe it’s achievable in the next few years.”
When Warburton tasted that European success, beating heavyweights Toulon in Marseilles, the flanker was surrounded by experience with the likes of Paul Tito, Maama Molitika, Martyn Williams and Xavier Rush in the pack.
He grew up in the south terrace, idolising those that wore the number seven jersey before him – Williams, Robin Sowden-Taylor, Dan Baugh.
And he now believes Danny Wilson is assembling the strongest squad since those halcyon days.
Warburton added: “I used to love coming down to the Arms Park on a Friday night before playing for Whitchurch on a Saturday.
“Martyn is an obvious one that I watched, even Robin Sowden-Taylor our strength and conditioning coach – I’ve told him that.

“He used to be on my MySpace profile and stuff like that – I used to love Cyril!
“All those boys, Dan Baugh was another and I was also lucky enough to work with him as a strength and conditioning coach both with Cardiff Blues and then Wales.
“A lot of people ask what do you need in a squad and I think we have a nice blend of youngsters but you also have to have senior guys who have played rugby for a long time.
“You need those leaders out there for difficult situations and scenarios on the field.
“We have a better blend of that this year than last year and the year before, combine that with the coaching staff we have and that’s why we are seeing improvements.”