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Tom Riley – coming home to Ponty

Former Sardis Road favourite Tom Riley is making a welcome return to his hometown club, joining up with the Pontypridd RFC squad for the coming season.

Local boy Tom, hailing from the Graig area of Pontypridd, first broke into the senior squad in 2003, having previously played at outside half but soon making a name for himself as a creative centre.

Capped by Wales at Youth, under 19 and under 21 level, Tom Riley was drafted to the regional ranks of the Blues, making a senior debut in 2006. Two years later a move ensued to the Dragons, with Tom also appearing for Newport RFC in the Premiership.

With further international honours coming his way in the sevens code, and a call up to represent the Barbarians, Tom Riley signed up for English Championship side Cornish Pirates in 2012, nominated as their Player of the Year in his first season.

A return to Wales in 2016 saw Tom once more in Newport colours before moving to double champions Merthyr for one season.

The 33 year old midfield playmaker’s illustrious rugby career now turns full circle as Tom Riley signs up for his hometown club Pontypridd.

Confirming his Ponty return Tom Riley said: “It is my ambition to continue playing at Premiership level, and to do so with my local club. I spoke to team manager Dan Godfrey about the possibilities of a return to Ponty and I’m delighted that everything has worked out.

“I will be back amongst familiar faces, players such as Daf Lockyer, Adam Thomas and Rhys Shellard of the same generation, and having had Justin Burnell as my Academy coach from the age of sixteen. I have also played with Gareth Wyatt and look forward now to be coached by him.

“I’m excited to get back in the mix with Ponty and can’t wait for pre-season training to get underway.”