Warbuton will follow Cuthbert's lead and stay loyal to Cardiff
22:30 GMT, 22 December 2012
Sam Warburton is set to emulate Alex Cuthbert by securing his future in Wales with Cardiff Blues.
The Wales captain has been reassured over the club’s ambitions after they tied down Cuthbert for the next three years and he says he is ready to commit to his home team ‘for life’ when his current deal ends after next season.
Warburton, 24, said: ‘I would love to stay at the Blues for life and have my testimonial here.
Set to sign: Sam Warburton will commit his future to the Cardiff Blues
‘In France you can earn three or four times what you get in Wales, but I would also rather play somewhere I’m happy and getting looked after.
‘It will be interesting to see the detail in the new WRU plans and what incentives they come up with to keep players at the regions.’
One of the main aims of the newly formed Professional Regional Game Board in Wales is to help the four Welsh teams hold on to their top players.
Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Rob Beale says they could help the club keep Toby Faletau, who will also be out of contract after next season.
Beale said: ‘If that is a stated aim then they have got to be involved in how we set about keeping Toby.’