Ex-skipper praises Cuddy efforts
FORMER Ospreys captain Barry Williams has paid tribute to Mike Cuddy after his decision to step aside at the region.
Cuddy recently relinquished his duties as joint-managing director saying a heavy workload away from rugby and family commitments had forced the change.
Williams has known Cuddy since the pair were at Neath in the 1990s and says the former Ospreys chief has worked tirelessly at club and regional level.
"He gave a huge amount to Neath and to the Ospreys as managing director," said Williams.
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"You were always glad he was on your side. I don't think people realise how hard he worked.
"He had major commitments outside rugby, yet he somehow managed to juggle everything and do a great job in the process."
Cuddy helped bring Williams back to Wales when he lured him from Bristol to Neath in 2001.
At the time it was reported the hooker had signed a four-year deal worth £420,000, with a £50,000 signing-on fee.
"It was because of Mike that I came back to Wales," said Williams.
"It wasn't just the money, either.
"If ever you had a problem he would help you sort it out.
"No matter how busy he was, he would make time for you in his diary and help you resolve things. He's a good bloke to know and I'm sure players like Shane Williams and Adam Jones, who have known Mike a long time as well, would agree.
"He has been key to a number of players staying in Wales.
"I am pleased he is still involved at the Ospreys as a director and as a shareholder because he has too much too offer for Welsh rugby to lose him."