Barkley leads Bath signings
January 18, 2011
Olly Barkley is set to sign a new deal with Bath © Getty Images
Olly Barkley has re-signed with Bath on a two-year deal. The 29-year-old England centre confirmed his new contract via his Twitter account, with Scottish fullback Jack Cuthbert and forwards coach Martin Haag also committing their futures to the club.
Cuthbert has signed up for two further years while Haag has put pen to paper on a one-year contract.
"Will re-sign with Bath for another two years this week. Delighted to still be part of such an amazing club and place," Barkley wrote.
"Was never really a hard decision. My heart is here and at such an exciting time I feel honoured and grateful to be a part of it all."
Barkley rejoined Bath in 2009 following an unsuccessful one season stint with their west country rivals Gloucester.
Head coach Steve Meehan added: "Olly is an established favourite at the Rec, and has been playing some great rugby for us over recent seasons.
"Likewise, Jack has been in great form, and we have seen him make a continued improvement as the season has gone on. His hard work is paying off, and this hasn't gone unnoticed, either by us here at the club, our supporters, or the Scotland selectors."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Despite having lost all four of their 2014 Six Nations games, the future of Italian rugby is bright with the team showing a new youthful core, argues Enrico Borra
"The loudest cheer at a rugby game, away from social media gimmicks, pumping music and pyrotechnics will always be for a try." Tom Hamilton on the Twickenham atmosphere
"The only thing that will stop this England team from becoming a great team is themselves. They need to ask themselves 'what can we be?'" The Phil Vickery column
The latest Monday Maul looks at the hectic final weekend, the Lions hangover, the superb Mike Brown and the 'selfie'