Bristol re-sign George Watkins after Cardiff Blues exit

George Watkins
Watkins made only one senior appearance for Cardiff Blues

Winger George Watkins has returned to Championship leaders Bristol, just six months after leaving for Cardiff Blues.

The 24-year-old is his hometown club's all-time leading try-scorer in the league with 46.

He moved to the Blues over the summer but has been released after playing one game, and returns to the West Country on an 18-month contract.

"Things didn't work out for George at Cardiff Blues," said Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson.

"George has the potential to be a consistent, try-scoring winger and it's up to him to keep making improvements and performing well when he gets a chance.

"Competition for places across the squad is very high, so George knows he will need to get his head down and work hard for first team opportunities."

Blues' director of rugby Mark Hammett was appointed in May, after Watkins' deal had already been agreed, and the Pro12 boss said last month he was looking offload players from his squad.

Speaking about his return to Bristol, Watkins added: "I'm grateful to the club for the opportunity to continue developing and play to the best of my ability.

"Now I just want to focus on rugby and representing my hometown team.

"I've been following the boys' progress closely so far and the start to the campaign has been fantastic. I can't wait to pull on the Bristol jersey again."