Cardiff Blues sign Wales Sevens captain Adam Thomas
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Cardiff Blues have signed Wales Sevens captain Adam Thomas from Pontypridd.
The 27-year-old utility back, who can play centre or full-back, has signed a long-term deal at the region.
Thomas, who led Wales Sevens during the recent Glasgow and London Sevens competitions is delighted with the move.
"I'm excited about stepping up and taking this huge opportunity at Blues and the challenges ahead of me," he said.
"I've been coached by Paul John and Dale McIntosh at Pontypridd so I'm looking forward to working with them and the new director of rugby [Mark Hammett].
"I will also be linking up with players like Chris Dicomidis and Simon Humberstone who I know from Pontypridd days and the likes of Rhys Patchell, Owen Williams and Cory Allen who I know from Sevens so I hope I can settle into the new set-up quickly."
Thomas plans to finish with Wales Sevens after the Commonwealth Games in July and says he is grateful to the club he is leaving - Premiership winners Pontypridd.
"Pontypridd gave me an opportunity seven years ago and I wouldn't be where I am today without them and that support.
"Everyone there is so passionate and when you talk about values I know that Ponty have helped shape the person and player I am. I can't thank them enough.
"Sevens has been a wonderful experience in my life and my last with them will be at the Commonwealth Games in July. We had the World Cup last year and it would be great to sign off with success at a major tournament."
Isaia Tuifua, signed from New Zealand side Taranaki, has left the Blues following the completion of his short-term deal.
Meanwhile, former Scotland international prop forward Bruce Douglas has signed for Cardiff RFC as player coach.