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Alex Cuthbert set to stay with Cardiff Blues

Blues winger Alex Cuthbert Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Winger Alex Cuthbert is set to buck the current trend of Welsh international stars heading to France to play their club rugby, by committing his future to the Cardiff Blues.

The 22 year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has attracted the attention of big spending clubs in the Top 14 in France.

Current Wales stars James Hook, Mike Phillips, Luke Charteris and Gethin Jenkins are plying their trade across the Channel, while Blues team mate Jamie Roberts has confirmed he'll be heading out of the Arms Park at the end of the season and could be joining his international team mates abroad.

Although Cuthbert, who resisted a move to France when he signed his first professional contract with the Blues last year, say's his development in Wales is more important to him.

I'm still developing and still have so much to learn.

Being in the Wales environment helps a lot - working with Rob (Howley), Shaun (Edwards), Neil (Jenkins) and Warren (Gatland) is only going to further my development.

The longer I'm in this environment, and the closer I am to it, is only going to be good for me.

– ALEX CUTHBERT, WALES AND BLUES WINGER

And when asked if it was his preference to commit himself to the Blues, Cuthbert added:

Yeah, I think so. I will go with my own options but if I'm thinking like this, it would be (my first choice).

I'm grateful to the Blues for giving me a chance. It's exciting times.

We certainly have the money to get some more experienced and top-class players.

We can build with the players we have at the squad - there are some top-class players at the club already - and also some good people coming through.

Results aren't going the right way, but we are rebuilding and I knew it would take a couple of years.

I know we have the players at the club - and the club are working hard to attract some top players, to get some more experience in the squad.

From my point of view, the Blues are at quite an exciting point, the start of something that is going to get better.

– ALEX CUTHBERT, WALES AND BLUES WINGER