Beattie inks Bath deal
Flanker agrees two-year extension at the Rec
Last Updated: 11/02/09 12:57pm
Beattie: Two-year deal
Bath flanker Andy Beattie has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract at the Recreation Ground.
"It was one of the easiest decisions I have ever had to make in my life."
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The 30-year-old has been one of Bath's key performers since joining the west country outfit during the 2001-02 season.
And, after making over 160 appearances for the Guinness Premiership title hopefuls, Beattie admitted he had no hesitation in extending his stay.
"It was one of the easiest decisions I have ever had to make in my life," he said.
"When I knew Bath Rugby was keen to re-sign me I jumped at the chance."
With a successful European and Guinness Premiership campaign well underway, many, including Beattie, believe that Bath are now heading back to their glory days.
"In the last 20 years Bath Rugby has won some good silverware and I believe we are heading back in that direction," he said.
"We finished in the top four of the Guinness Premiership last year, we are back in the Heineken Cup and we are going to be pushing hard for some more silverware - hopefully it will be this year."
Bath head coach Steve Meehan has been very pleased with Beattie's progress since his return from injury and believes that he is more athletic now than in previous years.
"I am very happy to see him stay," said the head coach.
"I think that his form last season, before his injury, was excellent and since he came back this season he has been very enthusiastic and playing very well.
"He is also a popular member of the squad and a very under-rated blind side flanker in this competition."