RGC co-captain Evan Yardley has outlined the difficulty of his decision to leave the club.

The popular figure has been a huge part of the Gogs’ meteoric rise since their inception, but the forward is now on the move after agreeing a deal with Principality Premiership runners-up Cardiff.

He was one of the standout performers for Mark Jones’ side during the season, with Yardley marking his final appearance in an RGC shirt with a try against the side he link-up once the off-season has concluded.

Yardley has been an instrumental presence within the squad and has also given a tremendous amount to boost the game within the region at various community related projects put on by the club.

Speaking to the RGC website, Yardley said: “My time in North Wales has been such an incredible journey from when I first moved up here playing in the Championship with the likes of Bryn Williams, Kelvin Davies, James Lang, Tiaan Loots, Afon Bagshaw, which was enjoyable to be a part of.

“I’ve been here for a long enough to see RGC grow as a team and organisation and it’s a really special club to be a part of.

“Some stand out moments would be the promotion into the Premiership and obviously, the cup was incredible as well.

“My time has not always been plain sailing and if I’m honest it has been quite difficult being away from my family but North Wales has become my second home.

“The players that I’ve played and lived with made it such an amazing life experience, I am grateful for the opportunity

“It is a massive chapter in my life which I can look back on with amazing memories and I honestly hope one day professional rugby comes to North Wales because the appetite for rugby is tremendous. The fans have made it so special travelling away and at home, there is no better place to play rugby better than Eirias.”