Dragons departures for Will Harries and Adam Hughes
9:02am Friday 17th January 2014 in Sport
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons speedsters Will Harries and Adam Hughes will follow fellow back Dan Evans out of the door at Rodney Parade in the summer, writes Chris Kirwan.
Wing Harries and wing/centre Hughes are out of contract at the end of the season and have not been offered new deals.
The Dragons have already recruited Wales pair Lee Byrne and Aled Brew to strengthen their back three, signings that will lead to the departure of full-back Evans after a successful two-year spell.
He will be joined in saying his farewells in May by Harries and Hughes.
Harries, 26, has spent the last five seasons in Newport after returning to Wales from Northampton.
A series of livewire performances saw him win his first Wales cap on the tour to New Zealand in 2010 and he made further international appearances against Australia later that year and the Barbarians in 2012.
But director of rugby Lyn Jones is prepared to go into 2014/15 with Brew, Hallam Amos, Tom Prydie and Matthew Pewtner as his main options on the wing.
Hughes, 23, has fallen down the pecking order at the Dragons after being hindered by injuries.
He burst onto the scene with Bedwas and Newport in the Premiership, impressing with his pace and lines of running, and went on to have a superb breakthrough season at regional level in 2010/11.
Argus readers voted Newport-born Hughes as their player of the year after he scored 10 tries in 30 games for the Dragons.
That prompted talk of him having international potential but injuries have often denied him the chance to string together a run of games and he has made just eight appearances this season.
Pat Leach, Jack Dixon, Ross Wardle and Ashley Smith are currently fighting it out for spots in the midfield while 18-year-old Tyler Morgan made his debut in the LV= Cup and is a centre of undoubted promise.