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Jenkins belief in long-term vision

15th December 2015

Back row star Ellis Jenkins has outlined his desire to help being long-term success to Cardiff Blues after signing a new deal at the region.

Jenkins, who has played 49 times for Cardiff Blues, has come through the rugby pathway at the region after starting as a 15-year-old.

Seven years on and Jenkins, 22, has put pen to paper on a new contract and revealed the reasons why playing under the guidance of Danny Wilson was crucial to his decision.

“I have been at Cardiff Blues since I was 15-years-old and this is the only place I want to play my rugby under the guidance of Danny Wilson,” he said.

“I worked with Danny in the Wales Under-20s set-up and know what a success he was there. I believe that’s where we are going and what we can build at Cardiff Blues given time.

“I have spoken to Danny about his long-term plans and I know the calibre of signings he also wants to bring in to take us forward.

“I enjoy playing for Cardiff Blues, have a great relationship with the fans and I feel this season I have also really stepped up my performances.

“I’m disappointed to not be playing right not because of injury, but I’m looking forward to getting back out there as soon as possible.

“It would have been easy to get up and move on,” he added. “We have players like Sam Warburton, Josh Navidi and Josh Turnbull in the back row so you are never guaranteed a jersey here. But I’m not that kind of person at all.

"I have confidence in my ability and to be able to challenge them. They would say exactly the same thing; we all push each other to get better.

“It has been a strange season in many ways for us. We’ve played some great rugby in almost every game, against the four Irish teams away at the start of the season we were in all the fixtures and could have got more.

“We just need to be more clinical and now turn performances into wins. In the last two games against Connacht and Montpellier we have shown the potential and hopefully we can now build on that.”