After their worst start to a Premiership season in club history marred with injury issues, Bath Rugby have added new signings Jordan Venter and Tom Prydie to their roster to bolster their back line.
With international-calibre players such as Cameron Redpath, Joe Cokanasiga and Anthony Watson all side-lined with long-term knee issues, the new signees will help ease Bath’s injury woes, as well as providing cover when the Six Nations comes around in February.
Venter is a young prodigy that the Blue, Black and White have had their eye on for a while, with the 19-year-old clearly being part of the side’s long term plans.
Director of Rugby Stuart Hooper said “We actually tried to sign him a year ago but it didn’t work out for various reasons.
“He is English qualified, he is a dynamic, young centre who can play on the wing and he is someone we have seen potential in for a long time.
“We have met him a couple of times and watched him play a lot and now he ahs joined us and will be putting his hand up for selection pretty soon I would say.”
The new signing spoke on his excitement of joining the Somerset side “It’s a big honour to have signed for Bath as it’s a big club with a huge history and heritage.
“I’m excited to grow as a player here; this is where I want to be situated and give 110 per cent to and if I can contribute in any way it will be amazing.”
Bath have also added former Wales international Tom Prydie to their ranks after the full back’s successful trial spell in the training squad as cover for Anthony Watson who is set to be absent for the remainder of the season after an ACL injury in October.
Hooper said on the Welshman “Tom Prydie has come in on a short term deal, he is obviously an experienced international player, he has played in the Premiership and with the Scarlets and Dragons as well.
“He has come in on trial and he is quick, he is very committed and he has added a really experienced head in training.
“He is someone we have been impressed with so far.”
The former international spoke on his new side “Bath is a great club with an amazing history and I’m grateful for the opportunity.
“I know I have a lot to offer to Bath and I’m excited by the idea of helping the younger lads with my experience.
“I’ll give all I can to contribute to the Blue, Black and White on and off the pitch.”
It’s no secret that Bath’s injury list only continues to mount as some of their most valuable players remain missing, so expect the Somerset-side to be on the search for more signings imminently.