Pontypool RFC is pleased to add outside-half David Langdon to the squad as the fifth signing of the summer following his exit from WRU Admiral National Championship rivals Neath RFC.
The 33-year-old arrives from the Welsh All Blacks with vast experience and fantastic versatility ahead of what is sure to be a gruelling campaign as the club battles for promotion to the Indigo Premiership.
He will compete with Matthew Jarvis for the ten jersey but is more than capable of performing at centre, having done so with distinction during his spell with Ebbw Vale RFC.
The Abergavenny-born kicker was an ever-present as the Steelmen claimed the 2016 Premiership title, alongside Cameron Regan and Ashley Sweet.
His time at Eugene Cross Park was sandwiched between spells at Neath RFC. He played sixteen times for The Gnoll side last season including starting at the Principality Stadium as they went on to beat Bargoed RFC to claim the WRU Championship Cup.
Langdon’s arrival continues the strategy of signing players with a connection to the local area – the former Dragons RFC player started out at Pontypool United RFC.
Having come up against Pooler plenty of times in his career, Langdon is delighted to finally be on the side of the red, white and black jersey.
“I am over the moon to have joined Pontypool and am ready for the coming season,” he stated.
“I’m proud to be a part of a club steeped in so much history.
“The club’s uncompromising reputation is something I’ve come up against many times and I can’t wait to be a part of it in a pivotal season and the challenges it brings.”
Backs coach Shaun Connor added: “Dai is a great signing for the club.
“He has been a stand-out performer in the Premiership over a number of years.
“If it wasn’t for rotten luck with injuries in his younger days then he would’ve had a good chance of being a professional rugby player.
“He can play ten or twelve and has the ability to put others into space with a great passing game.
“He also has a sweet left-footed kicking game, which will add great value to the team.”