Exeter Chiefs prop Craig Mitchell to join Cardiff Blues at end of current season
Last Updated: 21/01/14 7:29pm
Craig Mitchell: On the move after two and half years in Exeter
Welsh tighthead prop Craig Mitchell has agreed to move from Cardiff Blues to Exeter Chiefs in the summer.
The 27-year-old, who has won 15 caps for Wales, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal that will see him remain at the Blues until at least 2017.
Mitchell tweeted: "Really happy to have signed a 3 year deal @cardiff_blues and returning home to the motherland. Also thanking all @ExeterChiefs @ExeterChiefsSC Loved being here and have learnt a lot, both on and off the field #GreatClub #GreatFans"
Director of Rugby Phil Davies added: "Craig is an experienced player and he's clearly learnt a lot during his time with Exeter. He's delighted about this opportunity with Blues and we are very excited that a player of his quality and calibre will join us.
"Craig is known for being an exceptional set piece player, but his work rate and impact outside the scrum is also very good. He complements the props we have at Blues and the front row will be much stronger for his signing.
"With a World Cup just around the corner, we are delighted that an international quality player of his experience is coming back to Wales determined to make an impression for us.
"I have spoken to Craig at length about what we expect from him and he's coming here keen to play a big part in the future of the Blues."
Mitchell began his career at Ospreys, having represented Wales at junior levels and captained his country at Under-19 level, and progressed through to the senior international set-up.
He made his debut for Wales during the summer tour of North America and Canada in 2009 and was part of the Six Nations squad in 2011 and 2013, scoring his first senior international try against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in February last year.
The front row star made the move to Exeter in the summer of 2011 and has racked up 35 appearances for the Devon club, 25 in the league, and scored one try against Gloucester.