The Cardiff Blues have ruled themselves out of the running for signing George North ahead of the 2018/2019 season.
North is set to return to Wales after spending five seasons with the Northampton Saints in the Premiership after he left the Scarlets in 2013.
All four Welsh regions were originally interested in signing the Saints man but according to a report by BBC Sport, the Blues have opted against signing the Welsh star as they need to concentrate on making signing in other areas of the pitch, particularly the tight-five.
North will return on a national dual contract which means that the WRU will be paying 60% of his wages. Wayne Pivac has already stated that the Scarlets are not in the market for a wing so it would seem that the only two options open to North are the Dragons and the Ospreys.
North might be tempted by the project which Bernard Jackman is currently building in the region. The club has already announced a number of big signings ahead of next season, including Ross Moriarty, who will make his way to Rodney Parade after this season with Gloucester.
The winger is in a race to be fit for the Six Nations to compound further injury headaches for Warren Gatland. North injured his knee last weekend for the Saints will require up to four weeks of rehabilitation, putting him in contention for a return for the first round where Wales host Scotland at the Principality Stadium but it may be too soon for the 25-year-old considering he will have a lack of game-time going into that match against Gregor Townsend’s side.