FORMER Wales and Lions legend Jamie Roberts says he is “as competitive as ever” after signing up for another year with the Dragons.

The 34-year-old centre has been a huge hit since arriving at Rodney Parade on a one-season contract in August.

Roberts swiftly showed that he has lost none of his appetite for collisions and his form led to him being in the mix for a return to Test rugby.

“The nature of our environment has meant I’m enjoying my rugby and the enthusiasm of the group has certainly rubbed off and continues to drive my energy and love for playing,” he said.

“I feel as competitive as ever and certainly feel my body is in a good place to survive the impact of top-flight rugby for another season.”

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Roberts has made 13 appearances, scored four tries and helped in the development of hot prospect Aneurin Owen.

He has won just four games for the Dragons but is confident that Dean Ryan’s men will enjoy a brighter 2021/22.

“The season has felt quite disjointed and despite overall match results, I strongly believe we’re on an upward trajectory,” he said.

“The growth within the playing group has been evident and I’ve enjoyed sharing ideas and working under the current coaching group and Dean’s leadership.

“As we continue to grow our identity and strive to improve and become even more competitive, I’m delighted to be able to play my part for another season.

“My remit when I joined was not only to help develop and accelerate the growth of many of our younger players, but more importantly to contribute the best version of myself on the playing field.”

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Roberts’ deal is a boost for the Dragons, who will see on-loan Wales centre Nick Tompkins return to Saracens at the end of the campaign.

Director of rugby Ryan is relishing another season of excellence on and off the field from the Cardiff, Racing 92, Harlequins and Bath centre.

He said: “We’re delighted that Jamie is going to be around for another year and that he can continue to make a big impact in our environment.

“His form this season has been outstanding and he has been a catalyst for others to raise their game around him.

“His experience has also been invaluable in stabilising younger players in our squad and they can now continue to benefit from working closely with him.”

Roberts follows the Six Nations trio of Elliot Dee, Leon Brown and Aaron Wainwright, Wales internationals Ollie Griffiths and Sam Davies and influential Harri Keddie in signing fresh terms.

The Dragons have also signed Wales lock Will Rowlands from Wasps for next season and secured the services of the promising quartet of Owen, Ben Carter, Chris Coleman and Will Reed.