ROSS Moriarty has hailed the impact of boss Dean Ryan after turning down other offers to sign a new deal with the Dragons.

The 25-year-old back row forward has agreed fresh terms to stay at Rodney Parade, a decision that also boosts Wales.

English and French clubs were interested in the Lions tourist and accepting their approaches would have led to the 45-times capped forward putting his Test career on hold.

However, Moriarty has opted to stay in Wales after winning an appeal about his salary valuation with the Welsh Rugby Union.

The length of the contract has not been disclosed but it has been described as a “long-term contract” by his region with the powerhouse number eight/blindside encouraged by the strides made under director of rugby Dean Ryan before the coronavirus crisis.

South Wales Argus:

“I’ve enjoyed the last season with Dragons and everyone can see we are moving in the right direction,” said Moriarty.

“We had some good results this season and I feel we will push on when we start playing again. I can’t wait to get back to playing at Rodney Parade, the atmosphere we had for the derby games this season was really special.

“Dean has made a big difference since he joined and he has got me enjoying my rugby again which has followed into my international games, even if we didn’t get the results we would’ve liked.”

Moriarty was signed from Gloucester by then head coach Bernard Jackman in the summer of 2018 and has made 17 appearances in two campaigns to go along with 25 international outings.

A new funding model that sees the WRU pay 80 per cent of 38 chosen Test players’ salaries makes his presence a boost to the Dragons, who are looking to bolster their second row options after the departure of Cory Hill to Cardiff Blues.

South Wales Argus:

“We are delighted to retain Ross’ services at Dragons,” said Ryan. “His decision to renew his contract shows that he is committed to and believes in what we are doing here.

“More importantly, he also feels we can help him achieve his ambitions over the next couple of seasons.”