Outside half Dai Flanagan is pleased to be back in the fold of Pontypridd RFC, with the feeling that a return to his former club this summer is very much a home-coming event.
Having broken through into the senior Ponty ranks in 2003 whilst still a youth player, Dai Flanagan made a big impression as a match winning outside half, with his exploits in the cup winning team of 2006 earning him an iconic status with the club’s support.
A breakthrough to fully professional status with the Blues and then the Ospreys followed for Flanagan, with further honours gained with the Wales Sevens team.
Still aged only twenty-seven, ‘Dai Flan’s’ rugby career now comes full circle with a return to his club of origin, and the talented playmaker is intent on enjoying the experience to the full whilst helping Ponty to push for further honours.
“Being able to enjoy my rugby is a big factor in coming back to Pontypridd” said Flanagan as he joined up with his team mates, old and new.
“My aim now is to settle down and focus on winning cups and titles with the club. I have a young family, and am lucky to be employed as a part time PE teacher in Newport High School and as a Development Officer with the WRU. That gives me a more settled outlook on life, and as a rugby player.”
In contemplating a return to club rugby, there was only one direction for Flanagan to be heading, and that was back to Sardis Road.
“I knew that a return to Ponty was always likely for me if the opportunity arose” said Flanagan “and coming back to the club really feels like coming home. I also have a personal ambition to fulfil, to gain my 100th cap for the club which will be a great honour.
“I am out to enjoy my rugby, to play well for the club, and hopefully to share in the success story at Pontypridd.”