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Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club have pulled off an early close-season transfer coup after capturing the signature of Ospreys’ three-times Magners League winner Cai Griffiths as player-coach.

The front row prop joins the Suffolk National League Two club from Welsh professional Guinness Pro 12 (previously known as Magners League) side Ospreys, having also played Premiership rugby for London Irish and London Welsh.

Terry Sands, Bury’s pro-am performance director, said: “Cai is a major signing for the club as he is someone that will bring a wealth of experience to the team both on the pitch and at training.

“We invited Cai to visit the club to see for himself what we are all about at Bury and he was suitably impressed, which ultimately led to him signing on the dotted line.

“He has a wealth of experience under his belt which is exactly what we need at this stage of our development. He will be a great asset, both as a talented player and as a coach.”

Griffithis, 32, has played his part in winning the Magners League three times during his time at Ospreys where he played 135 times for the Weslh giant’s side.

He has also played for the Barbarians and has represented Wales at under-18s, u19s, u21s and youth levels.

Griffiths is currently taking his level 3 coaching certificate and will join the Haberden club as a player/coach with full responsibility for coaching the first-team forwards.

Speaking about the move, Griffiths said: “I am delighted to be taking up this role at Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, where I feel I can add value to an already impressive set-up both on the pitch and off it.

“I’m certainly looking forward to sharing my knowledge on the coaching side with what I believe to be a talented group of players.

“I have visited the club on a few occasions now and have been thoroughly impressed with what I have seen.

“Bury are clearly a club that has a sound footing with a clear vison of what they want to achieve over the next few seasons and I’m very keen to be a part of their progress.”

It follows on from Bury announcing they have already re-signed two key players from last season’s squad, who managed to comfortably maintain their position in the fourth tier of English rugby with a seventh place finish, in no9 Pierre Perez and flanker Sean Stapleton.

Popular forward Luke Beales has also announced he is set to return to the club after a year out for family and work reasons.

He tweeted: “So happy to be back in training for next season with bury st Edmunds rugby club ! A year away from the game has made me realise just how much I missed it but the year away has done me the world of good! Now the hard yards start.”

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