DAN Lydiate will discover his fate in coming weeks as the Dragons look ahead to the future.

The veteran flanker is coming to the end of his career but remains an integral part of the Gwent club's squad.

Dai Flanagan’s squad is taking shape for next season after Taine Basham followed Aaron Wainwright and Rio Dyer in signing a contract extension.

The Rodney Parade club have secured the next generation of talent – they announced eight deals last week – and the departures have started.


Argentina scrum-half Gonzalo Bertranou has left for Cardiff on loan until the end of the season, when he looks certain to leave for good along with the likes of Max Clark and Sio Tomkinson.

With money tight, question marks remain over other senior figures - including Abbeycwmhir raised 36 year old Lydiate.

The 36-year-old, who has played eight times after returning from World Cup duty, still provides quality and is probably more influential off the pitch when helping to bring through the next generation.