DRAGONS scrum-half Rhodri Davies will end a frustrating spell at Rodney Parade after agreeing a two-year deal with Cornish Pirates, writes David Williams.

The 27-year-old has made just eight appearances for the Men of Gwent following his switch from Rotherham Titans last summer.

The third of Bernard Jackman’s 14 signings in the close season, West Walian Davies had hoped to stake a claim for the nine jersey on a regular basis.

But things didn’t go the way he wanted and, after making his debut in the European clash against Timisoara Saracens in October, Davies only played seven more times, scoring two tries.

In the Pirates, coached by Bridgend-born ex-Scarlets scrum-half Gavin Cattle, he will join a side currently sitting fifth in the Greene King IPA Championship.

And Davies is excited by what the future holds for the Mennaye outfit.

“The move to Cornish Pirates is an exciting one with developments happening both on and off the field,” he said.

“After meeting Gavin and Alan (Paver, joint coach with Cattle), it sounds like they are building something special down there and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.

“The Championship is a tough and competitive league, one that I enjoyed playing in and I can’t wait to get started and put the hard work in.”

Davies had a two-year spell with the Wales sevens side before moving to Rotherham in the Championship in 2017.

Following the Yorkshire side’s relegation he returned to his homeland but has started solely in European Challenge Cup games for the Dragons.

“Rhodri is a real livewire nine who we first came across playing for Rotherham,” said Cattle.

“Being quick off the mark and with good feet he is also physical and offers a threat to the opposition.

“Probably a little frustrated not to have had as much game time as he would have liked at the Dragons, this move gives him a great opportunity to get his career back on track as someone who offers a little bit different to what we have had in the last few seasons.”

Meanwhile, in a statement, the Dragons said: “Everyone at Dragons would like to thank Rhodri for his efforts during his time at the region and wish him every success in the future.”