PONTYPOOL, South Wales, 19th June 2018 - Pontypool RFC is pleased to announce the signing of Matthew Lewis from the Dragons Academy for the club’s crucial 2018-2019 WRU National Championship campaign.
The 19-year-old half-back joins the club after spending the 2017-2018 season on permit at Bargoed RFC. Lewis' season at Bargoed Park was preceded by single appearances for Cross Keys RFC and Newport RFC in the Foster's Cup during the 2016-2017 season.
“I am delighted to be joining Pontypool RFC at such an exciting time for the club,” said Lewis.
“Having had the opportunity to watch the club play on a couple of occasions last season, what instantly caught my eye was just how professional the environment is and this was a huge attraction for me.
“I had no hesitation in coming to play National Championship rugby because I have every confidence that the club has all the ingredients to seal a return to the Premiership at the first time of asking and I am looking forward to hopefully playing my part in delivering that.
“We have a huge season ahead of us and I cannot wait to get started."
Lewis arrives at Pontypool Park ready to compete for a starting spot, but will also benefit from the guidance and experience of the club’s two senior tens – Matthew Jones and Kieran Meek.
The former is already well accustomed to Lewis’ skillset, having coached the young back in his role as head of rugby for Cross Keys College.
On how Lewis will help the club achieve its goal of earning promotion to the Premiership, Jones said: “Matthew is an exciting prospect who has already experienced top-flight Welsh club rugby, despite his young age.
“He is a good distributer of the ball who will certainly get our backline moving when given the chance and his kicking abilities will also add an extra dimension to our game.
“We now have several quality options at ten and this strength depth will be crucial in helping us get back to the top division, as we know how gruelling the next twelve months is going to be.”