SKIPPER Cory Hill has signed a new two-year contract with the Dragons to extend his stay with the region until 2020.

The second row, with 85 Dragons appearances and 11 tries to his name, was made captain of the Rodney Parade outfit this season by head coach Bernard Jackman.

Hill, who has 10 caps for Wales, made his international bow against Australia in the opening game of the 2016 autumn series at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Last summer he was named vice-captain of the Wales squad for their southern hemisphere tour and played in all four autumn Tests this year.

“Cory is a natural leader of men,” said Jackman. “Despite being only 25 years old I had no hesitation in naming him our captain this season having seen his influence up close.

“He has broken through to being a regular in Welsh squads and he is a player that we are proud to have representing the Dragons.”

Prior to his senior debut, Hill had progressed through Wales age-grade teams, playing for his country at under-16 and under-18 level, before captaining the under-20s at the 2012 Junior World Cup.

The Pontypridd-born lock made his regional debut with Cardiff Blues as an 18-year-old in 2010, while a stint at Moseley followed in 2013 prior to him joining the Dragons.

Commenting on his new contract, Hill said: “I had no hesitation in agreeing a new contract with the Dragons.

“The ambition and direction of the team is something that I am really excited about being a part of.

“Both Bernard and David (Buttress, chairman) have shown their determination through the signing of new players and the re-signing of many other youngsters.

“There’s definitely a lot to be excited about and I am chuffed to have extended my stay for another two years.”

He continued: “The supporters are awesome and have stuck by us through a tough couple of years, so hopefully we will repay them over the next few years.”