NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have expressed their excitement after completing the signing of seasoned lock and blindside flanker Scott Morgan from local rivals Cardiff Blues.

The arrival of Morgan at Rodney Parade, which the Argus revealed was imminent last week, means the Dragons have four international second rows in their squad.

The 6ft 6in, 17st 5lb Morgan bolsters the ranks in joining current Wales player Luke Charteris as well as Robert Sidoli and Adam Jones.

Dragons head coach Paul Turner said Morgan is a very welcome addition to a side aiming to improve on last season’s promising campaign. “We’re delighted that Scott’s joined the Dragons,” Turner said.

“He is an experienced Magners League and Guinness Premiership player and will bring a lot of set-piece nous and experience to our squad.”

Morgan was a member of the Wales set-up three years ago and was a member of Gareth Jenkins’ Six Nations squad.

He went on to win his first and only cap as a replacement during the 2007 summer tour of Australia in the second Test at Brisbane which the Wallabies won 31-0.

Born in Neath, Morgan played for the Welsh All Blacks and Wales Under-21, before moving on to Llanelli and Bristol.

He then signed for Leeds Tykes where he won the Powergen Cup with the Yorkshiremen in a shock 20-12 win over Bath at Twickenham in 2005.

Morgan was part of an all-Welsh back row that day that included former Newport player Alix Popham and Dragons flanker Richard Parks.

He joined the Blues in 2006 and went on to make 89 appearances for them, starting in 59 and coming off the bench 30 times, scoring three tries. The Dragons are also in the market for a wing and hope to tie up a deal in the coming days.