Cardiff Blues bring back Tom Isaacs from Gloucester
Last Updated: 26/11/14 3:43pm
Gloucester back Tom Isaacs has left the club with immediate effect and joined the Cardiff Blues on a deal to the end of the 2016 season.
Isaacs only joined the Aviva Premiership club from the Ospreys at the start of the season, but he found playing time hard to come by and now returns to his hometown club.
The 27-year-old was part of the Blues academy and also spent time with the Newport-Gwent Dragons before a successful spell with the Ospreys, where he made a total of 66 appearances.
He has been capped by Wales at Under-20 and Sevens levels, and was part of the World Cup winning Sevens side in 2009.
Cardiff's director of rugby Mark Hammett said: "Tom strengthens our squad and will add another dynamic to our midfield options. We've been hit hard in the centre, with injuries and international call-ups, and so Tom's signing is a very important one.
"He is a strong ball carrying centre who can make things happen and I've been impressed by his tremendous attitude towards both training and games.
"We're excited to welcome him back to his home city and look forward to seeing him in action for Cardiff Blues."
Isaacs said: "I'm delighted to be joining Cardiff Blues and excited about my future at the region and taking this opportunity.
"I'd like to thank everyone at Gloucester Rugby for their support during my time in England. Gloucester is a great traditional rugby club but, with a change in rugby management after my signing, opportunities have been limited this season.
"I want to be playing regular rugby and couldn't turn down the chance to return to my home city. I played all my rugby growing up for Ysgol Glantaf and Llandaff North before time with Cardiff RFC and studied at Cardiff University.
"I'm excited to now be returning to Cardiff Arms Park and being part of the future at Cardiff Blues."