FORMER Dragons full-back Carl Meyer is heading for the USA after signing for New Orleans Gold, writes Chris Kirwan.

The 28-year-old from South Africa has agreed a three-year contract and will join the likes of Mathieu Bastareaud, Steffon Armitage, Ben Foden, Samu Manoa and Wales international Dominic Day in Major League Rugby.

Meyer, who came through the Sharks' academy, earned a Dragons deal through his exploits with Ebbw Vale in the Principality Premiership after moving to Eugene Cross Park on a three-year sporting visa in a bid to become a professional.

He made 64 regional appearances, scoring 11 tries, after being moved to full-back from midfield by then boss Lyn Jones.

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Meyer was on the radar of Cardiff Blues when he didn't get a fresh deal at Rodney Parade in 2018 but a move did not materialise and he headed back for Ebbw for the start of last season before returning to South Africa, playing for Northwood Crusaders in Durban.

The utility back, a strong defender with a big boot, will now head for Louisiana to join a side that features former Cardiff Blues forward Cam Dolan.

 

 

"We are very excited to have Carl join the NOLA Gold brotherhood. With his experience and professionalism, coming from the PRO14 level with the Dragons, he will really fit into and add to our momentum and the NOLA Gold culture here," said general manager Ryan Fitzgerald.

"He brings tremendous versatility, toughness, size and speed to the midfield and gives coach (Nate) Osborne another weapon in that already very loaded back line.

"We're really excited to have him on board for the next three years and see where this takes us."