Mulvihill wants quick Anscombe future decision
Cardiff Blues are hoping to know by the start of next week if Gareth Anscombe plans to sign a new contract extension with the region.
The 27-year-old will be available to leave the region this summer because his national dual contract ends in June.
Blues' rivals Ospreys are thought to be leading the chase for the Wales international's services, while there are other Welsh regions and English sides pondering a move should Anscombe decide to move on.
Coach John Mulvihill is not worried about Anscombe joining a Premiership side in England, which would make him ineligible to play for Wales, but wants a quick decision from the player in order to go about finding a replacement.
"I am still hopeful he is going to be here. He has all his mates he plays with," he said.
"Rugby is a funny thing and sometimes decisions are made that are nothing to do with rugby, so we will have to wait and see.
"I am always hopeful, an eternal optimist, but nobody is indispensable. If we get bad news we will have to move on.
"We have spoken to a couple of people and there is a contingency plan, but we might cast the net even wider if that is the case because it will free up the budget.
"If the sky falls in early next week, we will resurrect things and get moving."
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