Banahan and Baxter Renew with Bath for Two More Years

Top try-scorer Matt Banahan has confirmed his place within the Bath Rugby squad having signed a two year contract that seals his place as a First Team member having exploded onto the field at the start of the season.


Mike Baxter, having rejoined Bath at the start of the 2007/08 season from Pertemps Bees, played a full-80 minutes for the first time this season against Auch and was pleased to have also signed for a further two years.


“I am really pleased,” said Baxter, speaking on the 31-13 win against Auch on Saturday. “It was a good performance from the entire squad, especially in those wet conditions.”


Going on to talk about his decision to stay at the club, he said: “There are such a great bunch of boys here and they are such talented players. I also love the city and feel very comfortable here in Bath.”

Benefiting from the expertise and experience that Michael Claassens has brought to the squad, Baxter reflected on the help from the South African in aiding his challenge for the number nine shirt: “Michael and Nick Walshe have great skills and have helped me loads. They work me very hard.”

Returning from IRB World Sevens Series training with England today, Matt Banahan was excited about his commitment to the west country team. “The main reason I wanted to stay was because I really wanted to be part of an up-and-coming club.

“I want to be part of a team that is going to fulfil it’s potential and I believe Bath is that club.”

Having scored eight tries for Bath this season, six of which in the Guinness Premiership, Matt Banahan is fast earning himself a reputation as one-to-watch for the future. At 6ft 7in, the wing thrilled fans with the three tries he scored against Leeds, handing Bath their bonus point.

“I really want to help Bath lift some silverware. We have the potential to do really well and when you look at what is best for yourself, you can see that Bath is an exciting place to be at the moment.”

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