AT the end of a ten-year spell at Cross Keys it would be understandable if Jonathan Westwood picked out a trio of glamour finals as highlights yet it's the development of young talent that fills the leaving director of rugby with most pride.

The 46-year-old from Newbridge headed to Pandy Park in the summer of 2008 when Robert Beale moved to Newport Gwent Dragons as team manager.

A decade on it's Westwood that has left his role because of a move to Rodney Parade.

In February the former full-back left Heineken to become head of commercial at the Dragons, a move that means he handed his notice in with Keys.

On Tuesday the Principality Premiership side played their final game of the season when edged out 15-11 by Ebbw Vale, bringing an end Westwood's successful spell at Pandy Park.

Since he arrived in 2008, working alongside now Ebbw head coach Greg Woods, the village club finished in the top half of the table in six of 10 seasons, made the play-offs twice (finishing as runners-up to Pontypridd in 2014) and enjoyed notable knockout success.

They lifted the WRU National Cup by beating Ponty at Principality Stadium in 2012 – the first major piece silverware in the club's history – and were runners-up in 2014, while they were semi-finalists in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Keys also enjoyed a memorable British and Irish Cup campaign in 2012 that, after a shock last-four win against Cornish Pirates at Pandy Park, ended in a plucky defeat to Munster A in Cork.

They were the only Welsh side that made it that far in the cross-border competition.

"It's a great club and I'm really proud to have spent 10 years there working with some great coaches," said Westwood. "We built some really good sides and enjoyed some fantastic success.

"I've got great memories from my time at Keys and many highlights but the things that stick out for me is seeing the young talent that we have helped develop.

"We had success in the league and made finals but I've taken great pride at seeing the likes of Toby Faletau, Lloyd Burns, Dorian Jones, Rhys Jones, Leon Brown, Gareth Maule and many more go on to achieve great things, while we've also had some outstanding Premiership players such as Rob Nash, Leon Andrews, Nathan Trowbridge, Dan Hodge and others.

"Some outstanding youngsters have come through at Keys but I'd like to think that we haven't only developed them as players but as people.

"We tried to create a culture of honesty and hard work. We were never the most fashionable club but achieved great results and produced some terrific players."

Westwood will still be a familiar face among the crowds at grounds throughout Gwent but it's now the Dragons that will have his prime focus.

"It's a great challenge and I have always been very passionate about Gwent rugby," he said.

"I am confident that we have got the foundations in place now on and off the field to drive this place forward.

"There's a lot that we have to improve on at the Dragons but there is a real ambition and drive to get there."