Bath youngster extends stay
By Ben Blackmore. Last Updated: 09/11/05 10:22am
Bath continue to reward the products of their fine youth system, with Nick Abendanon the latest talent of the future to sign a new contract.
Having already secured the longterm services of Ryan Davis and Tom Cheeseman, the west country club have moved to extend the stay of versatile back Abendanon.
The 19-year-old made his Premiership debut in Bath's last match against London Irish, and Abendanon admits he is thirsty for more first-team action.
"Obviously for me it is fantastic that I have signed a new contract," he told the club website.
"I see myself as a Bath player, I enjoy it here and I want to stay at Bath Rugby for the foreseeable future as I can foresee great things happening at the club.
"It is still early in the season and I am sure more chances for first team action will appear. My aim is to continue to push for a place and get a few more starts as well as get on the bench a few more times."
Soon-to-depart head coach John Connolly lavished praise on the youngster, whose signature further establishes the strong foundations that the Queenslander will leave behind.
"There is no doubt that Nick is a talented footballer," said Connolly.
"He is a fine young player who has a big future ahead of him at the club and we are looking forward to overseeing his development over the next couple of years."