A LONG-serving RGC squad member reached a significant milestone during their weekend defeat at Bargoed.

Josh Leach came off the bench for the Gogs’ in the second half on Friday evening for what was his 100th appearance in an RGC shirt.

The popular figure was one of the first graduates from the club’s thriving Academy system, and he played a significant role in their rise to the Principality Premiership and their historic WRU National Cup success in 2017.

Leach has been on the fringes of the squad this season, making a handful of appearances for Mark Jones’ men, but his influence within the set-up behind the scenes continues to grow in his role as regional performance manager.

This fine work alongside coaches at the club has continued to thrive, resulting in some outstanding recent results for the Gogs’ U16 squad in their Regional Age Grade competition against some experienced opposition.

Leach comes from a fine sporting family with brother Pat boasting professional experience with Newport Gwent Dragons, with father Mike recently retiring from his teaching role after developing some outstanding talent such as Sean Lonsdale and Andrew Fenby, who have both made a considerable impact for English Premiership sides in recent years.