Leigh Halfpenny pledges future to Cardiff Blues

Leigh Halfpenny has pledged his future to the Cardiff Blues and wants to stay and play his rugby in Wales.

The Grand Slam-winner has revealed that he has no plans to join the player exodus to France and England at the end of this season.

"I am happy at the Blues and am contracted for another season," said Halfpenny.

Gethin Jenkins, Huw Bennett, Luke Charteris, Aled Brew, Paul James and Stephen Jones are all leaving Wales.

Halfpenny has a year left on his contract at the Welsh regional side but he has seen a host of his team-mates leave for pastures new this summer.

Alex Cuthbert, his Blues and Wales team-mate, is believed to be considering his future in the Welsh capital and has been linked with big-spending French clubs Toulon and Racing Metro.

"I am thoroughly enjoying myself there and as far as I am concerned I am a Cardiff Blues player and I am just concentrating on doing as best a job as I can for the Blues," said Halfpenny.

"I haven't even thought about that because I am still a Cardiff Blues player and still want to do really well for them."

Halfpenny admits the lure of playing his rugby outside of Wales, in France or England, is something he will consider later in his rugby career.

But for now he is happy to ply his trade for the Blues in Wales.

"In the longer term, who knows?" said Halfpenny.

"I am still 23 and I am a home boy and I enjoy playing my rugby in Wales. I haven't thought about it yet but in a couple of years time, who knows?

"At the moment, I am really enjoying my rugby in Wales and I am concentrating playing the best I can here.

"There are players who are moving on who may just want a new way of life."