Tovey: I went stale on Parade

South Wales Argus: NEW CHALLENGE: Former Dragons No10 Jason Tovey, who is now with the Cardiff Blues NEW CHALLENGE: Former Dragons No10 Jason Tovey, who is now with the Cardiff Blues

JASON Tovey has admitted he went off the boil with Newport Gwent Dragons as he prepares for life with the Cardiff Blues, writes Chris Kirwan.

The 23-year-old fly-half from Cwmcarn left Rodney Parade this summer after coming through the Dragons academy.

Tovey was tipped for international honours when he burst on the scene but five seasons later he heads to Cardiff Arms Park as an uncapped player.

The former Wales Under-20s starlet hopes that the move can re-ignite his career.

“I went a bit stale at the Dragons,” admitted the left-footer. “I wasn’t really pushed out of my comfort zone but this is a fresh start and I have had to come here and work hard.

“I think that I suffered a lack of form but we weren’t playing well as a team either and you could see that with all of the boys’ performances.

“But this is a new era for me and if we can win a lot of games then hopefully it can push me on to international honours.

“I want a consistent season and to produce the performances that I was for the Dragons 18 months ago.”

Tovey endured a frustrating end to life with the Dragons following his decision to make the short journey west.

The Rodney Parade coaching staff took the opportunity to blood young fly-halves Lewis Robling and Steffan Jones ahead of this season.

That policy left Tovey nine points short of Ceri Sween-ey’s regional record of 570, something his fellow fly-half hasn’t been shy of pointing out at the Blues’ Vale of Glamorgan training base.

But Tovey, who made 92 Dragons appearances, is not bitter. “I had meetings with Darren (Edwards, head coach) throughout the second half of the season and he told me what they were going to do,” he said.

“That was fair enough, they were trying to bring Lewis and Steffan through and they’ve done that because they haven’t signed another 10. It was frustrating but that’s life, you get on with it and I am here now.

“It is hard when you see the boys losing silly games, particularly ones at the end of the season that we should have won.

“You wonder whether you could have made a difference but I totally understand what the coaches were doing.”

Now Tovey must strive to earn the number 10 jersey at the start of the RaboDirect Pro12 campaign with the week three fixture – the return to Rodney Parade – circled on his calendar.

“It’s one of the biggest games of the season for me and I look forward to seeing all my mates again,” he said.

“I could hear what the crowd were like at Cardiff Blues games when I was with the Dragons and they give a hell of a lot of stick to the opposition.

“I’ll just have to try and take it in my stride and deal with it.”

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8:59pm Thu 12 Jul 12

East Newport Dave says...

Another Ceri Sweeney. Sweeney had the talent but didn't work on his game. I see Tovey going the same way. Prove me wrong.
Another Ceri Sweeney. Sweeney had the talent but didn't work on his game. I see Tovey going the same way. Prove me wrong. East Newport Dave
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12:00pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

I hope it works out for Jason, he is a talented player but he is right he went off the boil in the last year with the Dragons, perhaps Dave is right and he will go the same way as Ceri and fade even more with the Blues, but lets hope he does well and improves his game but international standard is I'm afraid a long way off.
I hope it works out for Jason, he is a talented player but he is right he went off the boil in the last year with the Dragons, perhaps Dave is right and he will go the same way as Ceri and fade even more with the Blues, but lets hope he does well and improves his game but international standard is I'm afraid a long way off. Robert Shillabeer
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7:45pm Fri 13 Jul 12

silurix says...

Robinson, McLeod, Thomas, Flanagan, Norton-Knight, Parks, Sweeney - the Blues have tried a few OHs over the years. None of them seemed to thrive. The Blues are a graveyard of flyhalves. If Jason T can make a go of it there then good on him. I wish him well. I hope he doesn't come to regret the move.
Robinson, McLeod, Thomas, Flanagan, Norton-Knight, Parks, Sweeney - the Blues have tried a few OHs over the years. None of them seemed to thrive. The Blues are a graveyard of flyhalves. If Jason T can make a go of it there then good on him. I wish him well. I hope he doesn't come to regret the move. silurix
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12:39pm Mon 16 Jul 12

username2 says...

“It is hard when you see the boys losing silly games, particularly ones at the end of the season that we should have won."

Yeah I think you were involved/to blame for a couple of those yourself Jason.
“It is hard when you see the boys losing silly games, particularly ones at the end of the season that we should have won." Yeah I think you were involved/to blame for a couple of those yourself Jason. username2
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12:41pm Mon 16 Jul 12

username2 says...

And another thing, if you were looking for international recognition, push yourself out of your comfort zone. Just an idea.
And another thing, if you were looking for international recognition, push yourself out of your comfort zone. Just an idea. username2
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