DRAGONS stalwart Adam Warren is one of eight players that will face Cardiff tonight while facing an uncertain future over their career at Rodney Parade because of financial pressures.

The centre, a try scorer against the Ospreys on Sunday, will make his 131st appearance for the region in the United Rugby Championship clash in Newport (kick-off 7.35pm).

The Dragons have just two games left in the campaign and are expected to confirm leavers next week.

Of the matchday squad to face Cardiff, eight players have deals that expire this summer – Warren, wing Jared Rosser, full-back/fly-half Josh Lewis, scrum-half Gonzalo Bertranou, looseheads Aki Seiuli and Greg Bateman, tighthead Mesake Doge and lock/flanker Huw Taylor.

Some have been in contract talks – it is likely that it will soon be confirmed that Argentina international Bertranou will extend his stay in World Cup year – while Lewis looks set for the exit given the signings of JJ Hanrahan and Angus O'Brien.

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Tonight will be an eighth start on the spin for 31-year-old Warren, who has been a superb signing since heading east from the Scarlets in 2015.

However, the reliable and popular stalwart, who can also fill in on the wing, could be let go at the end of his seventh campaign.

The Dragons have signed Max Clark from Bath and high-profile recruit Sio Tomkinson from the Highlanders to go with Jack Dixon and the currently injured Aneurin Owen.

Director of rugby Dean Ryan has enjoyed a strong recruitment drive featuring Clark, Tomkinson, Clermont's Hanrahan, the Scarlets' O'Brien, Ulster hooker Bradley Roberts, Ospreys loosehead Rhodri Jones and locks Sean Lonsdale and George Nott of Exeter and London Irish.

However, budget constraints mean that several first-teamers will be heading for the exit.

"The challenge that we have got is a financial one," said director of rugby Dean Ryan. "Without a doubt there are a number of players that are in the team at the moment that have uncertain futures.

"Their conduct has been outstanding because it's a really difficult space to be in. We still have some issues around the numbers in the squad and the money that we have got available.

"That is sadly going to involve some really tough decisions but they are crucial decisions financially and to take us into next year.

"Sadly that's probably the worst part of my job, there are a number of places that aren't resolved and we have been quite clear with the players.

"We are sadly still in that space and I can only speak in the highest regard of those individuals that have shown such commitment when their future is uncertain."

Uncertainty over budgets has been a familiar theme at this time of year in Welsh rugby, something that Ryan hopes will change as the Professional Rugby Board thrashes out a strategy for the game.

"The clarity over our finances all leads to this sort of situation, which is very difficult for players and staff," said Ryan, who is on the Dragons' board. "Long-term planning and long-term budgets is high on everybody's agenda."