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Jamie Roberts signs new deal with the Dragons after ‘outstanding’ form this season

Jamie Roberts has signed a new contract with the Dragons and is relishing the prospect of another season at Rodney Parade.

The 34-year-old Wales and Lions centre has been a huge hit with the Men of Gwent since coming on board last August.

He has rolled back the years with a series of powerful performances, making a strong case for an international recall.

Dragons boss Dean Ryan had made it very clear he was keen to keep him on board and now he has got his man.

“I’m delighted to be able to play my part for another season,” said Roberts.

“I feel as competitive as ever and certainly feel my body is in a good place to survive the impact of top-flight rugby for another season.

“I strongly believe we’re on an upward trajectory here.

“The growth within the playing group has been evident and I’ve enjoyed sharing ideas and working under the current coaching group and Dean’s leadership.

“My remit when I joined was not only to help develop and accelerate the growth of many of our younger players, but more importantly to contribute the best version of myself on the playing field.

“The nature of our environment has meant I’m enjoying my rugby and the enthusiasm of the group has certainly rubbed off and continues to drive my energy and love for playing.”

The 94-cap Roberts continued: “This season has been a challenging one for both fans and players for obvious reasons.

“Although I’ve enjoyed every second training and playing with the Dragons, I really cannot wait for our fans to be able to enjoy the Rodney Parade terraces again.

“As a player, I look forward to the excitement and pressure that those crowds bring.

“To be able to perform for our supporters lies at the heart of what we’re about and I’m certain all our players agree they can’t wait to experience rugby matches together with you and certainly share a beer in the clubhouse after.”

The Newport-born Roberts, who has recently become a dad, added: “I look forward to the day crowds can return to Rodney Parade once more and certainly for my family and newest family member to enjoy the incomparable buzz of match-day.”

Director of Rugby Dean Ryan said: “We’re delighted that Jamie is going to be around for another year and that he can continue to make a big impact in our environment.

“His form this season has been outstanding and he has been a catalyst for others to raise their game around him.

“His experience has also been invaluable in stabilising younger players in our squad and they can now continue to benefit from working closely with him.”

Roberts – who has has previous spells with Cardiff Blues, Racing 92, Harlequins and Bath – has made 13 appearances for the Dragons, scoring four tries.

He joins fellow Welsh internationals Aaron Wainwright, Elliot Dee and Leon Brown in signing contract extensions with the Gwent outfit, who have also recruited Will Rowlands from Wasps.

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