We were saddened to hear the news that James Thomas has retired from professional rugby due to a re-occurring knee injury. Having spoken with JT to whom he is commonly known it seems the rigours of training everyday as a professional rugby player have taken their toll and he was unable to continue.
James was an outstanding player when he came to Bedwas RFC, initially being picked up by Steve Law our former Head Coach whilst JT was playing at Cardiff University.
It was quickly recognised that James was an up and coming prospect that could go beyond the semi-professional game at Bedwas RFC. After a couple of good seasons at Bedwas he signed his professional contract with the Dragons. JT featured in many senior games over the last few years which proved he had the credentials at that level. Unfortunately, the injury he sustained had troubled him for some time which has in turn forced him to make this decision.
JT made 61 appearances in Bedwas colours and his contribution to the club both on and off the field was of the highest order. James has played a few games for us this season as he was allocated back to us as a legacy player from the Dragons. We would dearly love to see him back at the Bridgefield in the future when he has had a little time to assess his full-time career in the medical field and feels he can commit back to the semi-professional game.
We wish JT all the very best for his future.
On a separate note Bedwas RFC would like to thank the departing Bernard Jackman from the Dragons for the support he provided us during his tenure, we wish him well in his future.