PONTYPOOL, SOUTH WALES, 16th June 2018 - Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce the signing of Lloyd Lewis from the Dragons Academy for the club’s pivotal 2018-2019 WRU National Championship campaign.
The 21-year-old winger joins the club after spending the last four years balancing his Dragons Academy commitments with eight tournament appearances for Wales Sevens, which culminated in Lewis receiving the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Man of the Round at Cardiff Arms Park in July 2016.
“I am delighted to be returning to Pontypool Park and I am looking forward to being reunited with the Pooler Army, who are to this day the best supporters I have ever had the pleasure of representing,” said Lewis.
“I am equally looking forward to becoming part of the team that will hopefully take the club back to the Principality Premiership, as I know how important achieving this is to the people of Pontypool.
“For the team to have scored 139 tries in just 22 league games last season shows just how much exceptional quality there is within the team and it is my aim to contribute wherever I can to ensure this progression continues.
“I think Pooler’s style of play will suit me down to the ground and I cannot wait to get started.”
This will be Lewis' second spell at Pontypool Park, after the speedster spent the tail-end of the 2013-2014 season with Pooler as a fresh 17-year-old before being re-deployed to Cross Keys RFC to continue his development with the Dragons Academy.
Pontypool RFC’s backs coach, Matthew Jones, has followed Lewis’ rapid career progression closely and sensed the time was right to try and bring the Wales U16, U18 and U20s capped international back to the club, after his contract with the Dragons Academy concluded back in May.
On securing his signature, Jones said: “Lloyd is a proven Principality Premiership performer and his experiences at the top level of Welsh club rugby and further afield will be valuable in our aim of securing promotion next season.
“Lloyd’s decision to pick Pooler after rebuffing many other offers, demonstrates just how much he cherished his previous stint with the club and how motivated he is to help the club continue its progression.
“Lloyd understands what Gwent rugby is all about and his ability to inject further firepower into our already solid backs division will provide many opportunities for us to accumulate points at crucial moments next season.”