Short staying at The Rec
Versatile forward agrees two-year deal
Last Updated: November 21, 2008 11:39am
Short: New deal
Bath have confirmed versatile forward Peter Short has committed himself to the club by agreeing a two-year deal.
"It is great news that Peter has decided to continue with Bath."
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And joining Short in signing on at The Rec for the next two years is popular prop David Flatman.
Short arrived at The Rec in the 2005/06 season and has since established himself as a first team regular by notching over 70 starts for the south west outfit.
After enjoying an exhilarating victory against his ex-club Leicester Tigers on Saturday, Short revealed he was left in no doubt that he had made the right decision by renewing his contract with Bath for another two years.
"I am very happy," said Short, immediately after Saturday's 25-21 win. "To come out against my former club and win and for Bath to stay top of the Guinness Premiership, I am really delighted to be staying!"
Having endured an exhausting 80 minutes, Short was keen to credit the Bath players for the win and their defensive effort.
"It is rare that we play without the ball for as long as we did," he said.
"But, the defence was pretty good all the way through and we never gave up. Everyone saw how much it meant to us to win this game and stay top of the table."
Head coach, Steve Meehan, was delighted by the renewal of Short's contract and felt his performance against Leicester was demonstrative of the 29-year-old's talent and determination.
He said: "Short plays to his absolute maximum each time he takes the field.
"He always seeks improvement in his game and is a very hard worker. It is great news that Peter has decided to continue with Bath."
Ex-England loosehead prop Flatman has made started 74 appearances for Bath since joining the club in 2003.
Shoulder and Achilles injuries have hampered Flatman in recent season, however he is delighted at being offered a new deal.
"I am delighted to be staying at Bath Rugby for another two years," he said.
"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."
Meehan believes Flatman's decision to extend his contract is a big boost for the club.
"I'm sure the whole squad will be happy to learn of David's contract extension," said Meehan.
"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."