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Bath coaches kept on their toes

18th July 2014 08:53


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Short deals: Ford & Booth

Bath head coach Mike Ford reveals the coaching staff at the club only signed one-year extensions in order to keep proving themselves.

The club narrowly missed out on last season's playoffs and reached the Challenge Cup Final, two positive steps forward as Bath look to rekindle their success from the 90s and early 2000s.

Ford along with Toby Booth and Neil Hatley all signed one-year extensions through to 2016, while Darren Edwards joined the unit.

Discussing the move, Ford wanted his group to keep working hard and not take longer contracts to avoid any complacency under ambitious owner Bruce Craig.

Premiership champions Northampton responded to winning a cup double last season by offering director of rugby Jim Mallinder a five-year deal.

"We didn't want five-year deals," Ford told the Bath Chronicle.

"We want to keep proving to Bruce and to the supporters that we are continually improving. A one-year deal will keep each one of us hungry.

"We want to keep delivering. Hopefully, this time next year we will be talking about another year's extension.

"The club wants continuity and I want to prove myself to Bruce again.

"The one-year extension was my idea because, in the past, maybe one or two decisions haven't quite been right.

"Bruce has given all of us this opportunity to grow the club and we want to repay him with success. The deal keeps us motivated."

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