Roberts hints at Blues exit

Wales centre could move at end of current contract

Last Updated: 29/10/10 8:26am

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Roberts: Planning for the future

Roberts: Planning for the future

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Jamie Roberts has revealed that he may consider leaving Cardiff Blues when his contract runs out in 2013.

The 23-year-old Wales centre has climbed through the ranks at Cardiff and signed a contract extension with the Blues in January.

But with national team-mates Andy Powell, Dwayne Peel and now Gavin Henson making switches to the Aviva Premiership, Roberts has hinted that he also wants to move away from Wales at some point.

"I don't see myself playing for the Blues throughout my whole career," Roberts he told an upcoming programme on Welsh television station S4C.

"I want to still be playing when I'm 34 or 35 and I want to taste different clubs before that, maybe in London or France.

"But at the moment, I'm really happy at the Blues and things are going well for me playing for Wales. It would be silly of me to think about leaving Wales any time soon.

Experiences

"I'm still quite young, so it would be good for me to live in different places and gain new experiences, to learn about different cultures and in the process, learn about me as a person.

"I've got two seasons left with the Blues after this current season - up until when I graduate from my medicine degree at Cardiff University.

"Once I finish that, I'll be starting a new chapter in my life - maybe at a different club - and hopefully playing my best rugby."

Roberts is currently recovering from a wrist injury and will miss Wales' autumn Tests but is aiming to return to action for his club side in December.

He added: "The doctor thinks that I'll be back just before Christmas. I might be able to return sooner for the Heineken Cup games at the start of December, but it will be difficult to go straight into those physical encounters.

"The first thing I have to do is win my place back in the team. Obviously, the boys at centre - for the Blues and Wales - have been playing well, and I'll have to work harder than ever to regain my spot."

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