Liam Belcher is one of many players to come through Treorchy's junior and youth ranks, before earning a call up to the Cardiff Blues Academy.
The hooker displayed his natural leadership skills early on, and was appointed captain of the regional under-18s squad.
Capped for Wales at under-20s level, Belcher was selected for the Junior World Championships in Italy in 2015.
Belcher made his Cardiff Blues debut in November 2014 in the LV=Cup victory over Scarlets and later that season also appeared in the epic win over Wasps in the same competition.
While he spent 2017/18 at Dragons, Belcher returned to his home region a season later, making his Guinness PRO14 debut against Toyota Cheetahs, and also played a crucial role for Cardiff Blues A in the inaugural Celtic Cup campaign.