Cardiff Blues' Nick Williams signs one-year contract extension
Last Updated: 16/05/19 10:11pm
Nick Williams has extended his deal with Cardiff Blues to remain with the Welsh region until the end of next season.
The No 8 was due to be out of contract at the end of the current campaign, but has opted to stay on in Cardiff for one more year.
Williams, who won the Challenge Cup with the Blues last season, says a key factor in the decision was to help nurture young talent within the squad.
"I'm very happy and blessed to be able to go again," said Williams. "I spoke to my family and they were all supportive, so I told John in November time that I was keen to stick around.
"The body feels fresh, mentally I feel good and it all seems to be working for us so I'm happy to get another year.
"After winning the Challenge Cup I thought it was a good way to go out but I didn't really think about what I could give back to rugby, particularly in regards to bringing young guys through.
"I have a good relationship with the boys. I'm a bit more kicked back and relaxed compared to some of the other boys. I like to lead with action and hopefully the boys follow.
"I really rate the young boys in the squad. We have a good group, who have come through together and are very tight. Hopefully I can help them develop and if they stick together the future is really bright both for Cardiff Blues and the individuals.
"I also like to think I've also been playing some decent rugby. We have a recipe here that works. Cardiff Blues look after me through the week and I pay them back by giving 110 per cent on the weekend. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to keep playing here."
Blues head coach John Mulvihill said: "It is great to keep Nick at the Arms Park. He brings a physical presence every time he takes the field and still has a huge amount to offer."