Indigo Group Premiership transfer season is now underway as club’s start announcing retained staff before moving on to those who they are bringing in. Robert Rees brings you the destination of either incoming or outgoing Prem players.
The Bedwas lock has penned a deal with Ebbw Vale in the past week and joins up the growing number of locks at the club.
Adam Court (Confirmed)
The tighthead prop is stepping up from Pontyclun to Ebbw Vale.
Can add Adam Court to Ebbw Vale to this list, taking it up to 26. https://t.co/xuu6QXNoCl
— Robert Rees (@Rreesrugby) June 2, 2022
The 28-year-old Pontypool centre is on the move to Newport after a strong recruitment drive from the Black and Ambers.
Williams will be making the short trip from Merthyr to Pontypool in a bid to further his playing career.
A key member of the Cup winning squad, Powell is making the trip north to Pontypool, returning to his town of birth.
Matt Bancroft (Confirmed)
The young scrum half has signed up with Pontypridd and will battle Joel Raikes for the jersey next season.
Rory Harries (Confirmed)
Another player making his way from Bedwas to Sardis Road is Rory Harries.
The Wales 7s star wasn’t offered a new contract by Pontypool and as such will play for Newport next season in the Indigo Group Premiership.
The fly half is on the move back to Llandovery despite living nearer Cardiff. A great move for the Premiership winning maestro after a season of gaining tips from ex-pro Dan Fish.
Tavis Knoyle (Confirmed)
The former Dragons scrum half has been snatched up by Sir Stan Thomas ahead of next season’s Rowland Phillips era. Leaving the Dragons on bad terms with Dean Ryan, Knoyle will now ply his trade with the Ironmen as revealed back in March.
Heard Merthyr have signed Tavis Knoyle ahead of next season.
Big signing for whoever takes over from Chief.
— Robert Rees (@Rreesrugby) March 18, 2022
The big Merthyr lock is making the short journey over the Heads of the Valleys to Ebbw Vale as one of four second row’s coming to the CiNER Glass Community Stadium – the other three yet unknown. They’ve brought in the 35-year-old to not only add to a short lock list, but to bolster senior figures within a young squad.
Cross is coming east as he leaves Bridgend Ravens for reigning Indigo Group Premiership champions Cardiff.
Josh Lewis (Confirmed)
Despite negotiations with the Ospreys coming to an end some months ago, the former Dragons back announced his retirement from professional rugby last week. Despite this, he looks set to sign a deal semi-professionally at The Wern.
Dan Baker (Confirmed)
Another Dragons leaver that looks set to make the short path north to Merthyr is number 8 Dan Baker, returning to the Premiership 10 years after he last featured for Swansea whilst under the Ospreys guidance.
On the 25th it came clear through other sources that Dan had however, had signed for Aberavon.
It’s all go, or should that be coming and go(ing) at Merthyr with star centre Pinches set for a move to champions Cardiff.
Bradbury’s deal isn’t quite sealed yet, but looks close to completion as he joins Pinches at Cardiff next season.
Smith’s move back to Monmouth has laid up a deal with the Indigo Group Premiership Cup winners Newport for the 2022/23 season.
Ebbw’s Clive Burgess Man of Steel award winner this season has moved to their Gwent rivals after some late negotiations and a sole permit appearance for the Black and Amber’s this season.
The former Wales 7s star hasn’t quite featured much of late at Ebbw Vale due to injury and falling out of favour with new Head Coach Jason Strange. Newport approached Grey in January and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Bradley Roderick (Confirmed)
Brad leaves Ponty for Aberavon in a move that’ll make his university study commutes a lot more manageable around training.
He’s already made the move back, but as pointed out in April, Green will stay at Llandovery for next season after transitioning back from Cardiff after just half a season in the big city.
Llyr Green off the bench. He’s moved permanently back to Church Bank from Cardiff for next season. https://t.co/kAFKCJMgxr
— Robert Rees (@Rreesrugby) April 15, 2022
The Dragons academy and Wales U20s prop has made the switch to Cardiff’s squad for next season. Despite featuring for Ebbw Vale this year, it’s more likely we’ll see him at one of the trio of Cardiff based clubs next time out.
Standing at 6-feet-7 and over 19 and a half stone, Peard is an imposing character amongst any pack. The 20-year-old will move from the Dragons academy to England’s Saracens in a big move for the Welsh U20s star.
Jonny Lewis (Confirmed)
Lewis stood down after 13 seasons with Llanelli to join his hometown club Waunarlwydd as a player-coach.
Released by Ebbw, Harding returns to his local side Pill Harriers to continue his career.
Another Welsh player moving across the bridge is Morgan Strong, who despite a hugely impressive season at Bridgend finds himself at Ampthill in the English Championship next year as already revealed on Twitter.
— Robert Rees (@Rreesrugby) April 30, 2022
The final name on the list of movers, for now, is former Ebbw Vale lock Corey Talbot who also moves closer to home with a transfer to Old Redcliffians in Somerset.
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