IN-FORM back row forward Harri Keddie has signed a new three-year deal with the Dragons.

The 24-year-old from Llanvaches has been one of the Rodney Parade region's top performers this season with his exploits frequently earning the praise of boss Dean Ryan.

The destructive forward has recently established himself as captain Rhodri Williams' deputy and led the Dragons to victory against the Ospreys last weekend.

The region are spoilt for choice in the back row and Keddie, who has played openside, blindside and number eight, is happy to follow Aaron Wainwright and Ollie Griffiths in committing to staying in Newport.

Harri Keddie has led from the front for the Dragons this season

Harri Keddie has led from the front for the Dragons this season

"I've really enjoyed my time here, especially since Dean has come in," he said. "I'm delighted to have committed my future here and looking forward to what is ahead.

"I've grew up watching this region, then I was in the academy and now to captain this season was a very proud moment for me. I'm just really excited to see where we go forward.

"I want to keep developing in every way I can, keep performing and pushing myself forward."

After starring with Wales Under-20s and helping Ebbw Vale to win the Welsh Premiership title, Keddie made his Dragons debut in 2016 against Zebre.

He has made 73 appearances but, after his career was hindered by injury, has come on leaps and bounds in 2020/21.

The grafter has complemented the dynamism of the likes of Wainwright, Griffiths and Taine Basham; he leads the Dragons for carries and tackles, with his tackle count fifth in the PRO14.

LEADER: Harri Keddie has captained the Dragons this season

LEADER: Harri Keddie has captained the Dragons this season

Ryan, said: "Harrison has been one of our most consistent performers throughout this season and is a key senior figure in our squad.

"We want our senior players to remain here, compete and get better with the Dragons and Harrison's new contract is the latest part of that process."

Contract extensions with Wales internationals Wainwright, Elliot Dee and Leon Brown were announced by the Dragons last week.

They followed Wales international Griffiths and Sam Davies in agreeing fresh terms while deals were also sorted with the young quartet of Ben Carter, Aneurin Owen, Chris Coleman and Will Reed.

Wales lock Will Rowlands will also be heading for Rodney Parade from Wasps next season.

Meanwhile, the Dragons have Nick Tompkins available for selection for Saturday's Guinness PRO14 clash with Ulster at Rodney Parade.

The 26-year-old centre, who is on loan from Saracens for the season, has not been selected in the Wales 23 for the Six Nations trip to Italy and has been released to the Dragons. He will return to Test camp on Monday ahead of the finale against France.