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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Cardiff-bound Parks has sights set on silverware

Published 05/01/2010 | 05:00

Scotland out-half Dan Parks is to leave Glasgow Warriors for Cardiff Blues at the end of the season, the Scottish club have confirmed.

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The 31-year-old, who has won 47 caps for Scotland, has long been linked with a move to Cardiff. Now it has been confirmed that Parks will leave the club he joined in 2003.

The Australia-born stand-off, who qualifies for Scotland through his grandmother, has finished Glasgow top scorer in each of the past six seasons and last weekend became the first player in Magners League history to surpass 1,000 points.

Parks admitted the decision to leave Glasgow was a difficult one, but he is relishing the new challenges which await and hopes to win a trophy with the Blues.

"Glasgow has been my life for the past seven years," said Parks, who made his Scotland debut in Cardiff in '04. "It's difficult to leave a place you've been for so long, but with so many young talented players coming through, it's the right time. I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead with Cardiff but my full focus will remain with Glasgow until the end of the season.

"I'm not moving club simply for a change, but to win trophies and I feel the Blues are capable of that. They have a strong squad with a lot of class and international experience and they have some fantastic facilities."

Blues director of rugby, David Young, was thrilled to secure Parks' signature and believes he has recruited a player with strong game-management.

"He is a quality player who has often been the difference between the two teams and a real thorn in our side on a number of occasions," said Young. "His organisational skills and game understanding makes him a real general on the pitch and he has excellent communication skills."

Irish Independent

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