Cardiff Blues complete Anscombe deal
July 24, 2014
Gareth Anscombe will be at the Blues next season © Getty Images
The Cardiff Blues have pulled off a transfer coup with the signing of Gareth Anscombe from the Chiefs on a long-term contract.
Anscombe's move will also interest Warren Gatland as he is eligible for Wales through his mother. Anscombe, who is equally adept at fullback and fly-half, will join Mark Hammett's side later in the summer after his ITM Cup duties have come to an end and the Blues' CEO Richard Holland is delighted with the news.
"Gareth is a fantastically talented player, a true winner, after securing successive title with the Chiefs, and also a very driven and ambitious young man," Holland said. "I first met him in October last year and was immediately impressed by his attitude. He has since been to Cardiff to have a close look at the region and is now very keen to move here and get started.
"When Mark Hammett was appointed as our new director of rugby we spoke about potential signings and Gareth was always top of that list. Hammer was extremely keen to bring him over and now we have concluded that deal after months of negotiations.
"Gareth's signing is an absolutely crucial one for Cardiff Blues, especially following the departure of Leigh Halfpenny, and it shows our absolute intention to strengthen and bring world class players to our region."
For Anscombe, he will focus on performing for the Blues before turning attention to Wales. "I am really excited to be joining a region like Cardiff Blues," Anscombe said. "I was lucky enough to be able to visit last year so have a degree of familiarity with the club and people that will hopefully help me hit the ground running and start contributing to what I hope will be a successful season for the Blues.
"Much has been made about my Welsh eligibility and there is no doubt that my mother's side of the family have always reinforced my Welshness. However, I am under no illusions and my focus is very much on the Blues and if the opportunity to represent Wales comes as a result of my performances on the pitch then of course I will take it."
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