BEDWAS outside-half and former Dragons playmaker Steffan Jones has won the first Principality Premiership player of the month award of the season.

Jones has settled in well at Bridge Field since arriving in the summer, helping the side to the top of the eastern conference with six wins from seven, their only defeat a narrow 25-22 loss away to Cross Keys.

“Things are going well this season," said Jones, 26. "We’ve got a good blend of experience and youth in the group and the players and new coaching team have gelled well too since Ian Gardner took over as head coach.

"Some of the experienced players such as Nicky Griffiths and Ross Wardle have helped my transition to the club and our forwards have put in a massive shift over the last few weeks."

Having reached the Premiership's top tier play-offs last season and lifted the Foster’s Challenge Cup, Jones says the club is ambitious for more success.

“First and foremost, we have to take each week at a time otherwise we will come unstuck but we would like to go one step further than last year," he added.

"It’s important we take our momentum into the new year and the second half of the season.”

Bedwas’ opening victory, away to Pontypridd on August Bank Holiday, got their season off to a great start and sets up a tasty reverse fixture this Saturday.

“We were the first Bedwas side to win at Sardis Road at the start of the season but we all know how good Ponty can be on their day," Jones said.

"We have to concentrate on ourselves and, if we perform well, hopefully the result will reflect that.”