Flatman extends time in the Bath

Following yesterday’s news that fellow team-mate Peter Short had renewed his contract for two years, David Flatman has also put pen to paper to remain with Bath Rugby at least until the end of the 2010/11 season.

“I am delighted to be staying at Bath Rugby for another two years,” admitted Flatman at the weekend.

“I am over the moon. There is nowhere else I wanted to play, hence my desire to put pen to paper quickly without going to the open market in January. The club offered me a deal I was happy with, so it was very easy for me to accept.”

Having been hampered with shoulder and Achilles injuries in recent seasons, it is of little surprise that the prop’s ambitions for the next two seasons are simply to stay fit and build to the level of performances that have so often been the cornerstone of Bath’s successes since his arrival at the Rec in 2003.

“For me, my ambition is really to stay available for Bath as much as possible. I have played a lot this season and am fully fit, but Steve Meehan is really taking player welfare seriously and is putting David Barnes in for a couple and me in for a couple – simply to keep our bodies fresh.”

The ex-England loosehead prop has now started 59 for Bath and come off the bench 15 times, proving his worth time and time again in the fold.

“I’m sure the whole squad will be happy to learn of David’s contract extension,” acknowledged Head Coach, Steve Meehan yesterday.

“He has experienced the highs and lows that rugby has to offer, is a player who consistently enforces the standards expected of all Bath players and is regularly offering advice to aid our younger players.

“To put it simply, ‘Flats’ is good bloke and top professional. It’s great that he has chosen to pledge his future to us.”

Forwards coach, Mark Bakewell echoed Meehan’s sentiments, revealing how his job is made easier having players like Flatman in the team.

“A fit David Flatman is one of the most destructive looseheads in Europe and at 28 he can still press for representative honours.

Twelve months ago he was up against the ropes with injuries, but thanks to the fine work of many around him and his never-say-die mentality ‘Flats’ is back and we are lucky to have him.”



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