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Newport Gwent Dragons quartet sign on for more

Newport Gwent Dragons' Aled Brew
Aled Brew says the Dragons have developed him as a player

Newport Gwent Dragons have been boosted by the decisions of four current players to extend their stints with the region by two years.

Welsh international wing Aled Brew, scrum-half Wayne Evans, full-back Martyn Thomas and centre Tom Riley will stay to the end of the 2011-12 season.

Rugby manager Robert Beale said: "We are delighted to have retained the services of all four players.

"It forms a key part of our ongoing development policy."

The news comes after head coach Paul Turner's decision to remain at Rodney Parade until May 2012 and Colin Charvis assuming the role of forwards coach.

Beale added: "These four players have been provided with opportunities and have readily made the most of them.

Three-times capped Brew, 23, who joined the region last season from Cardiff Blues, said: "I feel this region and this team are going somewhere.


"I've developed as a player here and the team has a bright future."

Scrum-half Evans, 25, who has been in impressive form this season, said: "I'm really pleased to be staying on at the Dragons.

"I've been very happy here and I feel that we are moving forward.

"I know we had a few tough results over the Christmas period, but we know what we need to do and are ready to put in the hard work to get back on track for the rest of the season.

"With the planned new training facilities and the team spirit here, the Dragons are moving forwards and I want to be a part of that."

Having worked alongside Tom seven years ago as an under-18 player, I am well aware of his abilities

Dragons rugby manager Robert Beale

Beale added: "I'm delighted that Wayne has signed this two-year contract extension. He has proven over and over his value to the region.

"Martyn Thomas is an exciting young talent and this contract shows that we have faith in him to fulfil his potential with the region and become a regular member of the regional side.

"I'm really pleased to have reached agreement with Aled.

"He is one of the more consistent players this season and his return to the Dragons has kick-started his career again - allowing him to show some quality form.

"Aled knows what he needs to work on, but he is one of a few players who have the dynamism and energy to change a game in our favour and we are very pleased to have secured him at Rodney Parade.

"I am genuinely thrilled for Tom Riley. Having worked alongside Tom seven years ago as an under-18 player, I am well aware of his abilities.

"He was presented with an opportunity at the start of the season which he has grasped with both hands."

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