Bath get a New Year boost from Harrison

Justin Harrison has given Bath Rugby a timely boost ahead of his side’s match with Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Sunday by signing a one-year extension to his contract with the Guinness Premiership leaders.

Harrison, who joined the West Country outfit from Ulster during the summer, has made an instant impact at the Recreation Ground, playing a prominent role in Bath Rugby’s drive to win more silverware this year.

“Coming here was always about exposing myself to risk and playing the best rugby that I could,” said Harrison yesterday. “Job satisfaction is also of utmost importance to me and at the moment I am enormously enjoying playing Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup rugby and being part a young and enthusiastic squad.

“I am making sure that I am contributing to the team alongside Steve Meehan, Brad Davis and Mark Bakewell and the type of rugby they are putting on the field. Player input is paramount – we all have ownership of what we are doing week in, week out, and I think you can see that by the way that we are playing.”

Revealing how much of an impact that Harrison has been, not only on the field, but off it, Head Coach, Steve Meehan, spoke of his delight at the lock’s renewal: ” His overall contribution is, in many ways, better than his individual performance.

“He acts as an assistant to the younger players, and is always available for them to talk to and on top of that, his performance for the first team has been of high standard. I am glad to see he is enjoying it here at Bath Rugby and that he is decided to continue with the club.”

Forwards Coach, Mark Bakewell spoke further of his excellent on the pitch contribution: “Justin has reinforced the reasons why we signed him at the start of this season.

“His uncompromising style and his all round game understanding has given the team an edge whenever he is on the field. Overall, it is great news for all of us at Bath Rugby.”

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