The Cardiff Blues player and Samoa international centre Rey Lee-Lo has signed a new long-term contract with the Guinness PRO14 side.

Lee-Lo, who is 31 years old and arrived at the team in 2015, has so far made a total of 57 appearances for the club.

Speaking to the Blues’ website earlier this week Lee-Lo said, “I’ve loved my time here so far – we have a great squad and my family are really happy in Cardiff, so it was an easy decision to make. I’m enjoying my rugby and we have so many exciting, attacking players. The style we try to play really suits me, especially on the Arms Park, which is an amazing place to play.”

He went on to say that he is excited by the way that the squad is developing, the new players coming through and that he has confidence in the team’s future.

Richard Holland, the Cardiff Blues chief executive, said, “Rey has proved a brilliant addition since he arrived at Cardiff Blues and it is great to see how comfortable and happy he is here. He was the standout performer throughout last season and is proving instrumental once again in the current campaign.”

Holland said that with over three quarters of the squad originating from Wales and with so many talented young players coming through the academy he believes that it is important to have a strong core of overseas players to supplement the home grown talent and pass on their experience.

He said that Lee-Lo has proved to be “invaluable in that respect” and that he is thrilled that he will be remaining with the team for “years to come”.

This afternoon the Cardiff Blues face the Dragons at Rodney Parade in Newport.