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Wednesday, 19 June, 2002, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Moore leaves the All Whites
Andy Moore in training for Wales against Japan
Andy Moore captained Wales on the Japan tour
Former Wales captain Andy Moore has confirmed his move to Bridgend after talks about a new contract with Swansea broke down.

The 28-year-old lock was unveiled as a Ravens player at a press conference on Thursday after agreeing terms on a four-year deal.

It is thought that the transfer could net Moore over 100,000 a season, not including added bonuses for success.

Moore, who led Wales on their 2001 tour to Japan and has won 26 caps, will be seen as a vital player in Bridgend's bid to improve their fortunes.

Leighton Samuel has backed Bridgend's bid for success
Leighton Samuel has backed Bridgend's bid for success

Their failure to qualify for this season's Heineken Cup led to a major re-think by club owner Leighton Samuel, but he hasn't hesitated to put his hand in his pocket again.

Moore was joined by former Bath and Bedford prop Chris Horsman at Thursday's announcement, adding to the list of recruits which already includes the likes of Simon Mannix, Phil Booth and Matt James.

But the departure of Moore is another blow for Swansea. He has been an All White for nine years and an automatic first-team choice.

They have seen scrum-half Sililo Martens, flanker Hywel Jenkins and No 8 Geraint Lewis leave the club, and had their financial backers considering their own futures at St Helen's.

The backers, led by Mike James and Rob Davies, have pledged to stay on though and funded the signings of Australians Sam Cordingley and John Welborn, as well as Neath's John Slade and Richard Francis.

But it is believed they considered Moore's contract demands excessive in weeks of talks with the Wrexham-born second row, and allowed him to seek a deal with another club.

  • Former Bridgend centre John Devereux has signed for Division One club Pontypool.

    The 36-year-old, capped by Wales in both league and union, was released by the Brewery Field because work commitments prevented him taking part in some training sessions.

    But he is looking forward to the challenge ahead, saying: "Pooler are a First Division club, but they have Premier ambitions. I want to be a part of their promotion drive."

  • Bridgend will entertain Bath at the Brewery Field in a pre-season friendly on 14 August.


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