Dragons fly-half Jason Tovey set for Cardiff Blues move

Jason Tovey
Jason Tovey was part of Wales' training squad ahead of the 2011 World Cup

Newport Gwent Dragons fly-half Jason Tovey is set to join Welsh Pro 12 rivals Cardiff Blues in the summer.

Tovey's Dragons contract expires at the end of the season and the 22-year-old's agent has confirmed he has "verbally agreed" a two-year deal at the Blues.

Tovey's departure will be a blow to the struggling Dragons who will also lose captain Luke Charteris in the summer.

Aled Brew's Dragons deal also expires in the summer and the Wales wing has also been linked with a move to France.

Former Wales under-20 international Tovey's imminent move to the Blues is sure to cast doubts over the future of Scotland fly-half Dan Parks at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Parks, who signed from Glasgow in 2010, has a contract at the Blues until the end of the season and has been linked with a move away from south Wales.

Experienced former Wales fly-half Ceri Sweeney has also been linked with a return to home-town club Pontypridd.

It seems Tovey, the 2010 Young Welsh Player of the Year, is the man to the Blues hope will create chances for their Wales international back-line of Jamie Roberts, Gavin Henson, Leigh Halfpenny and Alex Cuthbert.

Tovey's agent Jonathan Stuart, who works for Top Marque Sports management company, revealed to BBC Sport that his player "verbally agreed" a "two-year deal" with the Blues on Friday.

Tovey, who was part of Wales' training camp ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, will also hope the move boosts his Wales chances as the versatile back wants to be considered as a long-term option at number ten and compete with Rhys Priestland, James Hook and Dan Biggar.

Tovey is the second fly-half to leave the Dragons in as many days as Matthew Jones joined RFU Championship leaders Bristol on Thursday.

The Newport-born player graduated from the Dragons academy before making his senior debut in April 2008.

Tovey, who has made 88 appearances for the Rodney Parade region, became the first Dragons player to score a hat-trick as he touched down three times against Ulster in 2009.

He also broke their record of most points in a match when he scored 25 points against Ospreys in the LV= Cup in January 2010.

Tovey was called up by Wales for their 2008 summer tour to North America but was forced to withdraw as he was required to play for the Dragons in a Heineken Cup play-off.

He also had to pull out of Wales' pre-2011 World Cup training camp in Poland because of injury but Tovey passed the 500-point mark for the Dragons in their pre-Christmas derby defeat to the Blues.