London - James Botham, grandson of England cricket great Ian Botham, has signed a first senior contract with Welsh regional rugby side Cardiff Blues.
The 21-year-old, a former Wales Under-20 international, made his PRO14 debut for the Blues earlier this season.
The Blues announced deals for back-row forward Botham, whose father Liam played for Cardiff, prop Keiron Assiratti and flank Shane Lewis-Hughes.
"It's great to sign my first professional deal, and I am really happy it's at Cardiff Blues, where I've spent the last three years in the academy," Botham said.
"You only have to look at the likes of Owen Lane, Jarrod Evans and Dillon Lewis to see how quickly young players can progress at Cardiff Blues, so this is definitely the right environment for me to improve as a player," he added.
Botham was born in Cardiff and he has also represented Wales in sevens and at under-18 level.
Botham's grandfather, Ian, 63, is considered one of the finest all-rounders in cricket history and was one of England's top sports personalities in the 1980s.
CONTRACT NEWS | Another rising @CBL_Age_Grade star @JimboBotham, who made his @PRO14Official debut against Connacht earlier this season, has also put pen-to-paper on his first senior deal with @cardiff_blues— Cardiff Blues (@cardiff_blues) March 27, 2019
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