Bedwas RFC are pleased to announce that 25-year-old winger, Ross Wardle, has returned to the club.
Wardle, originally from Cardiff, left Bedwas to pursue a professional career with the Newport Gwent Dragons back in the 2012/13 season. He made a try- scoring debut for the Dragons against Bath and went on to make a total of 50 appearances for the Men of Gwent, scoring a dozen tries.
Unfortunately for Ross, he suffered a nasty shoulder injury during the Cardiff leg of the Premiership Sevens last summer, which has kept him off the pitch this season. Ross left the Dragons back in November in order to focus on his career as a Pharmacy Manager and he has been highly sought after by other Premiership clubs since becoming available.
Given the interest in Wardle from clubs across the league, Bedwas RFC Head Coach, Steve Law is very excited that Ross has decided to sign a long-term contract to re-join the Bridgefield club.
He said: “It is fantastic to have a player of Ross’ standard and quality join us at Bedwas. Ross started his launched his career with us and his experience will be invaluable for the team going forward.”
Law added: “He is an exceptionally committed and driven, both on and off the pitch, and we are very pleased that he has chosen to come back to us.”
Wardle’s recovery will continue over the next few weeks, but Law is hopeful that the winger will be able to make his seasonal debut during the vital latter stages of the 2016/17 campaign.
Bedwas RFC Director of Rugby, Mark Lewis was also very pleased at the recruitment of Wardle. He said: “It’s great news for the club that Ross has signed. It speaks volumes about the work Spot [Steve Law] is doing and the success the team is having that he has decided to join us once again. I think I speak for the whole club when I say we’re very excited to see him take to pitch again soon.”
Meanwhile, Bedwas prepare to host Glamorgan Wanderers RFC in the WRU National Cup on the weekend (Saturday 28 January, 14.30 KO.) Coincidentally, it was from Glamorgan Wanderers that Bedwas originally signed Ross Wardle following the 2009/10 season.