[icWales] KEVIN Morgan last night spoke for the first time about becoming the first big name to move between Welsh clubs since the switch to regional rugby was confirmed.
The Wales full-back says he can't wait to link up with the new Pontypridd-Bridgend squad, having rejoined Ponty from Swansea on a three-year deal.
He is determined to make his mark with the regional team when he returns to action next season following the serious knee injury he suffered with Wales last month.
Morgan left Ponty for St Helen's in the summer of 1999, but is now parting company with the cash-strapped All Whites to head home to Sardis Road.
"I've loved my time with Swansea, even though this year has been a bit of a struggle," he said.
"I've had four great years down there and I think I have improved as a player.
"I've played with a lot of good players at the club and made a lot of good friends.
"So it has been a hard decision to leave but it's time to come back home now.
"I grew up at Ponty and played there through all the age groups. It was tough to leave them in the first place, because it's my home-town club. In the end it proved a good move for me going to Swansea, because it moved me on as a player.
"But now I'm looking forward to going back to Ponty. It's where I'm from and it's where I live. With the new regional side coming in, it's going to be an exciting time.
"The Ponty-Bridgend squad will be a very strong one.
"I won't have to travel so much next year either. It takes me an hour to get to Swansea.
"It will be so much easier playing for the region I am living in."
The 24-times capped Morgan isn't expecting to walk straight into the new regional side, with Ponty's Brett Davey and Bridgend pair Matt James and Gareth Cull all potential rivals for the No 15 jersey.
"I know I have got my work cut out, whoever is there in the squad," he said. "There's going to be good competition for places. But that's what this regional concept is all about.
"It's about making it harder to get in the team and about raising standards."
Morgan, 26, is currently recuperating from surgery after rupturing a cruciate ligament during Wales' defeat in Scotland last month.
Despite the seriousness of the injury, he still remains hopeful he can make it back in time for the World Cup in October.
"The knee is coming along well," he said. "The operation went really well and I am pleased with the progress I'm making.
"I'm hoping to be back playing by the middle of September."