Watson signs new Bath deal

Date published: September 9 2014

Bath starlet Anthony Watson has signed a new contract which will keep him at the Rec until 2017.

Bath starlet Anthony Watson has signed a new contract which will keep him at the Rec until 2017.

The 20-year-old back three player arrived from London Irish before last season and quickly established himself in the Bath side.

Capable of playing both at full-back or on the wing, he has already been called up by Stuart Lancaster for England, although he is still to make his Test debut.

He started the new season in flying fashion, with a try in the first minute of Bath's opener at Sale, and the club have been quick to sign him up for three more years.

“Last season was great for me in many ways – from getting regular first team rugby in a winning team, to being called up to tour with England this summer – and I know that a large part of the reason I've managed to do all that is due to my move to Bath,” said Watson.

“The club has a fantastic commitment to developing young players and making them the best they can be.

“The whole environment here is about working hard to make improvements every day, focusing on what we can all do to develop our game for the greater good of the team, and that has really helped me push on.

“I've really enjoyed my time here at Bath so far, so I was really excited to extend my contract, and I can't wait to play my part as we set about achieving our aims.”

Watson is one of a number of promising youngsters at Bath, having arrived with the likes of Jonathan Joseph and David Sisi from London Irish.

And coach Mike Ford admits he's excited to help Watson fulfil his potential.

“Anthony is an incredible talent, and we're obviously delighted he's staying with us,” said Ford.

“I think what is most exciting for us as coaches is that he's still young and still has so much potential to get better. He has a real natural ability on the field, and that will only become more finely tuned as he gets more experience.

“He's the kind of player that you want to watch, that will constantly baffle defences as they don't know what he's going to do next, and we're all looking forward to working with him and helping him progress in his career.”