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Wing wonder James to return to Blues

20th December 2014

Cardiff Blues are delighted to today confirm that winger Tom James is to return to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park from next season.

Wales international James remains the leading try scorer in the history of the region with 39 tries in 115 games.

And the 27-year-old will now bring his firepower back home after agreeing a two-year deal to re-join after a spell with Exeter Chiefs in England.

Rhymney-born James first joined Cardiff in 2006 and went onto establish himself as a key member of the Blues squad during his first stint at the region.

He has top try scorer in the Celtic League in 2007/08 and has made 10 appearances for Wales, scoring tries in both Tests on Wales’ summer tour to America in 2009.

“I spent six years at Cardiff Blues before and so I have a huge affinity for the region and the supporters,” he said. “At this stage of my career it's a good move for me and I’m excited to come back and be part of a bright future at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

“I met with Mark Hammett and was really impressed by what he said and what he wants to achieve. He didn’t need to sell the region to me, I know how great the place is, but it’s good to know what the plans are and the direction.

“There are some quality players in the squad and I watched the derby with Scarlets and you can see the potential to really push on.

“Obviously I know a few of the players really well; I have a lot of good friends at Blues. The fans always backed me from day one and so the reaction to me coming back from them has been amazing. I’m looking forward to representing them once more.

“I've enjoyed my time at the Chiefs, making not only a lot of good friends, but a lot of memories as well,” he added.

“I can't speak highly enough of the club and how they have helped to improve me as a player. I feel I am a more mature person and player for this experience.

"Although I'm leaving at the end of the season, I know I still have a big role to play this season with the Chiefs. We're going well in the league and also in the two cups - and I want to make sure I do my best to help them achieve their goals."