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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 May 2006, 07:45 GMT 08:45 UK
Young gives Blues loyalty pledge
Dai Young was a target for English Premiership side Saracens
Dai Young was a target for English Premiership side Saracens
Dai Young has pledged to remain with Cardiff Blues as head coach, ending speculation that he was to quit.

Young is believed to have been offered a four-year deal worth around 150,000 a season to join English club Saracens.

BBC Wales understands that Young was also approached by rival Welsh region the Llanelli Scarlets.

"I have been coach here for four years and helped steer the Blues through some testing times but I feel that my work here is not finished," Young said.

"It is a job I would like to see through to the end and help bring some success on the field for the fans."

The 38-year-old former Wales captain, who won 51 caps for his country and with the Lions, has two years remaining on his Blues contract.

Saracens would have had to pay compensation if Young had moved to join Alan Gaffney's staff at Vicarage Road.

I have been at the Arms Park for 12 seasons as both player and coach and it would never be easy for me to leave
Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young

Young also said last week that he had been offered the post of Wales forwards coach, a claim denied by new Wales coach Gareth Jenkins who said they had only held "discussions".

Jenkins' appointment to the Wales job has left vacancies at the Scarlets, with Jenkins taking Nigel Davies with him from Stradey Park as Wales attack coach.

With Young opting not to proceed further in discussions with the Scarlets, former Leeds director of rugby Phil Davies remains the most obvious candidate.

The Blues are currently the highest-placed Welsh region in the Celtic League, but Young is thought to be concerned by cost-cutting measures introduced at the Arms Park for next season.

Several players have already been off-loaded from the wage bill, with former Wales wing Craig Morgan the latest to announce his departure on Tuesday.

"I feel we've made big strides on the field this season which has been matched by some massive strides off the field with the excellent work within our region," Young added.

"I have always had tremendous support from (chief executive) Robert Norster and (chairman) Peter Thomas.

"We all know next year will not be any easier but we are all looking forward to the challenges ahead with confidence and determination.

"I have been at the Arms Park for 12 seasons as both player and coach and it would never be easy for me to leave."




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