Friday, 26 July 2013

Reviewing Bath’s New Players and Young Stars

There is something of an influx of new players for the new season, among them some well known names, some eyebrow raisers. There is also quite a few young players who have come in and who will be coming up through the academy and I will be focusing on those too.

Gavin Henson

This signing is potentially the most controversial, given Gavin’s propensity for leaving a trail of clubs in his wake and for not shying away from the media spotlight. I know that when he was signed (as a utility back) the reaction from fans was near universal condemnation to have him on our books. I certainly have reservations; his skill at rugby so often seemed to have been a secondary concern to him over his celebrity lifestyle.

But he is undoubtedly a talented player when he puts his mind to it; after all, it was his talent that made him such a star at the start of his career. He does have a lot of experience and could prove- if he behaves himself- someone for the younger members of the squad to learn from. Let’s just hope it is the positive stuff, not the negative. When his signing was announced, Gary Gold said: “He is still a very ambitious man and the prospect of him playing at the Rec is an exciting one”. I think this sums it up quite nicely.

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