Blues' Paul Tito backs Dai Young's Wasps ambition

Dai Young with Cardiff Blues captain Paul Tito
Dai Young and Paul Tito have led Cardiff Blues to a Heineken Cup semi-final

Cardiff Blues captain Paul Tito says he understands coach Dai Young's wish to move to London Wasps.

Young is set to be named as director of rugby at the Premiership side after asking to be released from the remaining 12 months of his Blues deal.

And Tito says the region would be wrong to stand in his way at this time.

"It's all about opportunity. Coaches and players are all the same - you've only got a short time as a professional sportsman," said 33-year-old Tito.

"And as a coach, two or three poor years and you could get the sack. So you've got to look at these opportunities.

"If I was a player and had a four-year contract somewhere else and maybe a year left with the Blues and they wouldn't let me go I'd be pretty disappointed.

"Dai has always wanted to do the Premiership so he needs to make that decision himself. Obviously we'd like him to stay but he's got to do what he's got to do to make himself a better coach.

"Hopefully one day he'll coach Wales."

Wasps have made Young their number one choice to fill the void left by Tony Hanks' departure in February after 21 months at the helm.

Young, the former Wales and Lions prop, held talks with the Blues last Thursday to negotiate his release from his contract, and Wasps hope to finalise his appointment in the next few days.

Tito, who was brought to Wales from New Zealand by Young in 2007 and appointed captain a year later, says the 43-year-old coach has kept the players informed of the latest developments during their first week back for pre-season training.

"He hasn't been around too much, he's been there for a couple of days," revealed Tito, who was part of the Barbarians squad that defeated England in May and Wales a week later under Young's guidance.

"A few of the boys have gone knocking [on his door] to see what's going on. He's been very open about what's going on, which I feel is good."

Although now qualified to play for Wales under the three-year residency rule, Tito was overlooked by coach Warren Gatland for selection for the 45-man preliminary World Cup squad.

He faces still competition for second-row spots, but the New Zealander says he would relish the opportunity to make his international debut in his homeland this autumn.

"If they were in New Zealand and had a couple of bad injuries and struggling for locks and I was playing alright for the Blues, I'd put my hand up and say I'm available," said the former New Zealand Maori.

"But they are going to Poland to do 10 gym sessions a day I think - I haven't done 10 good gym sessions in my life let alone in one week.

"So I'll chip away for the Blues and if I'm the right man for the job at the time, we'll see how we go. But at the moment I'm 100% into the Blues and making sure I'm fit and raring to go for our first game."

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