Emyr Lewis will become a Cardiff player this week in time to make his debut for the Swalec Cup holders at the Arms Park against Bridgend in their Heineken League opener on Saturday. After a summer spent agonising over a move from his first club, Llanelli, where he won his 28 Welsh caps so far, the 25-year- old policeman is ready to commit himself to a new cause. After seven fine seasons at Stradey Park, the man who has played all over the Welsh back row is now poised to battle for the No 8 berth at Cardiff. 'Llanelli threw me out and I knew then I had to look for another club,' Lewis said. 'Cardiff was the only real option for me. I know I've got to fight for my place, but I've never been afraid of having to prove myself.' Lewis will become the third international in the Cardiff back-row, joining Hemi Taylor and Owain Williams. The blue and blacks also have B caps in Mike Budd and Howard Stone to accommodate.