Halfpenny committed to Blues
Full-back intends to remain in Cardiff for another season at least
Last Updated: 27/04/12 11:38am
Leigh Halfpenny: helped Wales win the Grand Slam
Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny says he has no intention of leaving Cardiff Blues this summer and is keen to continue plying his trade in the principality.
Several leading Welsh players have made the move to French or English clubs, with Luke Charteris, Gethin Jenkins and Stephen Jones among those leaving Wales at the end of this season.
The Blues have been particularly hard hit with Jenkins, Casey Laulala and Dan Parks all exiting the Cardiff City Stadium and wing Alex Cuthbert also reportedly mulling over a move to France.
"I am happy at the Blues and am contracted for another season. I am thoroughly enjoying myself there and as far as I am concerned I am a Cardiff Blues player and I am just concentrating on doing as best a job as I can for the Blues."
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Halfpenny, 23, was one of the stars of Wales' Grand Slam campaign, and his displays had led to him being linked with French clubs.
"I am happy at the Blues and am contracted for another season," he said.
"I am thoroughly enjoying myself there and as far as I am concerned I am a Cardiff Blues player and I am just concentrating on doing as best a job as I can for the Blues.
"I haven't even thought about that (a move) because I am still a Cardiff Blues player and still want to do really well for them."
Halfpenny says he understands why some of his team-mates have chosen to ply their trade outside their homeland as the Welsh regions feel the pinch in the current economic climate.
And while he has not ruled out making a similar move later in his career, he is more than happy to continue his career in Wales for now.
"In the longer term, who knows?" said Halfpenny. "I am still 23 and I am a home boy and I enjoy playing my rugby in Wales. I haven't thought about it yet but in a couple of years time, who knows?
"At the moment, I am really enjoying my rugby in Wales and I am concentrating playing the best I can here.
"There are players who are moving on who may just want a new way of life."