Dacey extends Cardiff contract

Cardiff Blues hooker Kristian Dacey has penned a new long-term contract that will keep him at the Welsh region until 2017.

The 24-year-old is currently second in the RaboDirect Pro12 try-scoring charts with four tries in eight games.

Merthyr-born Dacey came through the Cardiff ranks, having started in the age groups, and switched from flanker to hooker in 2010.

"Kristian has the potential to play for Wales in time and so we are very pleased that he has committed his future to the Blues," said Cardiff director of rugby Phil Davies.

"Over the last 18 months he has overcome his injury problems and that has really benefitted his development.

"He has converted from flanker to hooker and worked exceptionally hard. These last four or five months he has really started to develop at pace and he is a fantastic talent with the right attitude and ability to go all the way.

"We always want to keep our best young players at Blues and Kristian's signature is the latest part of that long-term plan. We look forward to making more positive announcements in the coming weeks."

Dacey added: "It's been a fantastic season for me and signing the new contract is ideal as I can now look forward to my future being at Blues. I've come through the system here, played alongside my team-mates for years and always wanted to stay here.

"I'm learning every time I play and my consistency is getting better now I'm putting games together. I've featured in eight of the last ten games and feel I've got better with every game.

"Ultimately my ambition is to play international rugby and get even better. Blues is the right environment for me to achieve those aims."