FLY-HALF Arwel Robson has earned a one-year deal with Cornish Pirates after a successful spell on loan from the Dragons.

The 24-year-old from Penallta headed for the Mennaye Field in April, effectively on trial as his contract at Rodney Parade was entering its final months.

Robson has made three appearances in the English Championship, scoring 28 points, and has done enough to earn an extended stay with the Pirates.

Joint head coach Gavin Cattle believes the playmaker is a perfect fit for the Cornishmen.

“Having been exposed to PRO14 level, when Arwel arrived on loan we expected to have a good player on our hands, which we have witnessed,” said the former Scarlets scrum-half.

“In a short time with he has shown he has the appetite to drive the team, and besides having a really good balanced kicking game also offers an attacking threat. I think he is going to serve us well.”

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Robson came through the ranks at the Dragons and impressed with Newport RFC in the Premiership.

He made his professional debut against Leicester at Welford Road in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in November, 2016 but suffered from a series of injuries that limited him to 24 appearances.

Robson signed a one-year deal during last year’s lockdown but his solitary Dragons outing was against the Scarlets in August.

The fly-half hopes to profit from a change of environment in the fiercely-competitive English Championship.

“I am delighted to be signing for the Cornish Pirates and have already very much enjoyed my brief time here,” said Robson.

“After speaking to Gav and Paves, and feeling and seeing their ambition for the club, it was something appealingly fresh that got me excited.

“Ahead of the next the 2021/22 season, I’m already looking forward to it and seeing what we can achieve as a group.”

The Dragons have Sam Davies and Josh Lewis as their senior fly-halves for next season, backed up by youngsters Evan Lloyd and Will Reed.