JACK Condy is leaving his role as Bargoed head coach because of increased demands with the Dragons academy.

The former back row forward led the club to the double this season, winning the Championship Cup at Principality Stadium and then finishing top of the league.

Bargoed won Championship East with a whopping 99 points, losing just twice, and will play in the Premiership next season.

However, Condy won’t be calling the shots with the club announcing that he will be taking up a new role with the Dragons as senior academy coach that will require his full focus.

That title is currently held by Sam Hobbs but he is set to be promoted to work with Dai Flanagan’s senior pack for the Rodney Parade club.

The Dragons are also set to increase their investment into the coaching team at the academy.

“Condy has made a huge impression at Bargoed RFC throughout the club, working with both the senior and youth players,” read a club statement.

“He has impressed with his high standards, leadership, attention to detail, organisational skills and great work ethic.

“He has been well supported with the support of his coaching team of Gareth Richards, Vinny Lott, Darren Humphries, Lee Pearson and Phil Osbourne and has implemented a great style of play focussed upon an attacking philosophy.

“He has empowered the playing group and Bargoed have reaped the rewards of the hard work that he and the coaching staff have put in this season, alongside the players.

“The results speak for themselves with Bargoed winning the league and cup double for the first time in the club’s history.”

A strong-running forward, Condy earned a professional contract with the Scarlets after catching the eye with Cross Keys RFC.

He retired because of a knee injury in 2018 then cut his coaching teeth with his former club Penallta, worked in age-grade rugby with the Dragons and worked under Morgan Stoddart at Keys.

Bargoed had hoped that Condy, who joined the Dragons academy as skills coach in 2021, would be able to combine both roles but that won’t be possible.

“Bargoed RFC wish Jack all the best in his new role and it’s great to see him progressing on his coaching journey down the road in the professional environment of the Dragons,” continued the statement.

“There is no doubt that he will thrive and add significant value in his new role at the Dragons.”

Bargoed have been promoted to the Premiership along with Cardiff Met, Cross Keys, Ystrad Rhondda and Newbridge.