Bath’s Ford warns of ‘financial monster’

Date published: December 10 2015

Bath head coach Mike Ford is cautious of clubs in rugby beginning to overspend on players – after signing Wales star Taulupe Faletau.

Faletau, the Wales and British & Irish Lions number eight, has reportedly signed a three-year deal with Bath worth £400,000 per year, although he is believed to be one of their two marquee signings.

Highlighting the recent spike in team finances following the latest TV broadcasting deal, Ford hopes that players wages aren't about to spiral out of control.

"Trevor Francis was the first £1m footballer. Now players are getting close to £1m per week," Ford said.

"We've got to be careful not to create a monster because otherwise it will become like football. It's everyone's responsibility within the sport for it not to be like that. Hopefully we've still got a lid on it.

"People have worked really hard to bring more money into the game through TV rights and a new agreement is being negotiated with England which will bring in extra money as well.

"The key is that when the money comes in, it doesn't all go into the players' pockets. We need to think about the infrastructure of the sport and the stadium and people working there.

"It's difficult because players and agents see all that money coming in and think 'we want a piece of that'."