Garvey denies Irish speculation

Date published: February 25 2015

Bath's Matt Garvey has admitted to being surprised about rumours of him rejecting a possible return to London Irish.

The 27-year-old moved from the Exiles to Bath at the start of the 2013/2014 season and has made a big impression on his new club.

A report over the weekend suggested that Garvey had rejected "a massive pay rise" to return to Irish, with the addition of him being named captain, but the forward admits he has no idea where the speculation originated.

"I read that, I got a few tweets about it, but I honestly don't know where that came from," Garvey told the Bath Chronicle.

"My father rang me and said 'have you seen The Rugby Paper?'

"They haven't made contact. I signed a contract earlier this season, so I couldn't talk to any other teams anyway.

"I'm happy here, my family's here, we've just had our daughter. When I left London Irish in the first place, we decided this was an ideal place for us to settle down and start a family, and hopefully live long term."

Garvey added that he still believes Bath is the best club for him to improve at and achieve success.

"I want to be successful," he stated. "As a rugby player you want to get better, you want to compete for trophies and I felt at the time, and I still do now, that this is the right place for me."