The Cardiff Blues have swooped for RBS Six Nations Player of the Tournament nominee Josh Adams following his superb showing for Wales in their Grand Slam success.
23-year-old Adams bagged three tries for Wales throughout the Six Nations, including stunning efforts against England and Scotland as Warren Gatland’s men stormed to the title.
He has subsequently been nominated for Player of the Tournament and he will return to Wales in the summer to ply his trade at Cardiff Arms Park Under head coach John Mulvihill.
Adams, who began his career with Llanelli, is delighted to be heading back home following a 4-year stint with Worcester Warriors, which also included a sort loan spell at Cinderford. Adams said, “It is great to be returning to Wales and I cannot wait to link up with the Cardiff Blues next season.”
“I’ve been really impressed with John’s (Mulvihill) vision for the future and the attacking brand of rugby the Blues play will really suit my game.”
“It is a young and exciting squad, with a good blend of experience, which has a bright future and I’m looking forward to contributing towards that.
Adams also thanked former club Worcester, “I will always be grateful to Worcester Warriors for giving me the opportunity to become a professional player and I have loved my time at Sixways.
“But to play for Wales I need to play in Wales and the Cardiff Blues is the best fit for me. I’m really looking forward to the next chapter at Cardiff Arms Park.”
Adams burst onto the scene at Worcester Warriors during the 2016-17 season and has now made 59 appearances and scored a hugely impressive 34 tries.
He was the Aviva Premiership’s joint-top scorer last season with 13 tries and 17 in all competitions and scooped both the Warriors’ Young Player and Player of the Year awards.
The 23-year-old’s performances have been equally impressive in the red of Wales, where he has now made 10 appearances and touched down four times.
Adams is the first signing following the approval of Cardiff Blues’ budget for next season and head coach John Mulvihill believes it is a significant signal of intent.
He added: “It’s an exciting signing for the region and demonstrates our strong rugby ambition going forward.
“Josh is a player we can build success around. He brings genuine hunger to succeed, enormous energy and the skill-set and speed to make a real difference to our group.
“Just from watching the Six Nations, you can see he’s a really busy player, who makes big contributions both in attack and defence, and is a good team man. We’re looking forward to getting him on board for next season.”
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