Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Warburton handed new Blues deal

Sam Warburton
Sam Warburton

Wales international Sam Warburton has agreed a contract extension with Cardiff Blues.

The 22-year-old back-row forward made his regional debut for the Blues away to Edinburgh in 2009 and has gone on to make 36 appearances for the club.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be staying here," said Warburton, who was named man of the match in Wales' RBS 6 Nations win over Scotland at the weekend. "I'm a Cardiff boy, born and bred, and to be offered and sign a new deal is fantastic. I'm only 22 years old and feel there's a lot more to achieve."

Warburton, whose club did not reveal the length of his new deal, came through the academy ranks at Cardiff and believes the Magners League side has every reason to be optimistic about the future.

"I've only been with the seniors for three seasons and with all the young players such as Bradley Davies, Leigh Halfpenny and Tom James, we've got a very bright future," he said.

"I've come through with the same bunch of boys in the academy and we've all progressed together, so it's been quite a smooth transition."

Impressive displays for the Blues in his debut season earned Warburton a place on Wales' summer tour of North America in 2009, since when he has gone on to win 11 caps for his country.

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