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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 June, 2003, 12:46 GMT 13:46 UK
Leeds swoop for Cardey
Former Wales full-back Matt Cardey
Full-back Matt Cardey is a surprise departure from Stradey Park
Leeds Tykes have continued to strengthen by signing three new players.

Former Wales full-back Matt Cardey is a shock recruit from Llanelli, while England wing David Rees continues the exodus from relegated Bristol along with club-mate Scott Morgan.

Cardey, 27, is believed to have been offered a contract with the new Llanelli regional side but has opted to join Leeds director of rugby Phil Davies, a former Wales skipper.

"Matt Cardey is a player I have admired for a long time," Davies said. "He has an abundance of pace, is very versatile and works exceptionally hard on his game."

The capture of 28-year-old Rees will add further pace to what is shaping up to be a formidable Tykes backline.

All three players will bring that big game experience to our squad
Leeds director of rugby Phil Davies

"David is an extremely talented player who has shown on the international stage that he is a player of the highest calibre and I know he is looking forward to the challenge of moving to Leeds," Davies added.

"Although Scott is only 24 he is highly experienced from his two spells at Bristol and his time at Llanelli.

"He also has the ability to play in the back row and has the right attitude for hard work."

The Tykes also confirmed that they have agreed by mutual agreement to release Samoan internationals George Harder, 28, and Isaac Feaunati, 29, from the remainder of their contracts.

New Zealand-born Cardey made one appearance for Wales against Scotland in 2000 but has been a regular for Llanelli since making his debut in 1999.

England wing David Rees
David Rees is the latest player to leave relegated Bristol

He has been an integral part of the squad who made two of the last four Heineken Cup semi-finals.

Rees made his full England debut in the 15-15 draw against Australia at Twickenham in 1997.

He has made 11 appearances, scoring three tries for his country, his last international appearance coming also against the Wallabies in June 1999 - although he was selected for England's 2002 tour to Argentina.

Morgan rejoined Bristol last season after a season at Llanelli. He first joined Bristol in the summer of 1997 before moving back to Wales in 2001.

"All three players played in the Heineken Cup last season and will bring that big game experience to our squad," Davies said.

Leeds signed Italian international forward Aaron Persico and Cardiff's Wales Under-21 prop Gary Powell last week, joining other new recruits Phil Christophers, Duncan Hodge, Stuart Hooper, Simon Halford, Colm Rigney and Tim Walsh.

Leeds complete double signing
27 May 03  |  English

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