Scrum-half log-jam to be solved

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

Of all of the po­si­tions on the field, scrum-half is where Bath Rugby are over­sub­scribed. While most Premier­ship clubs have three nines in the se­nior squad and one in the academy, the Blue, Black and Whites have many more in the first-team ranks. On se­nior con­tracts are Will Chud­ley, Kahn Fo­tu­ali’i, Chris Cook, Max Green and Dar­ren Allinson, plus Alex Davies, who was brought in as a ten but played nine for York­shire Carnegie and Bath United ear­lier this sea­son. As the coaches look to mould their squad for next sea­son, that num­ber will have to be re­duced and di­rec­tor of rugby Todd Black­ad­der has said he wants four scrum-halves for 2018/19. That means at least one of the cur­rent crop will leave the club. Fo­tu­ali’i, Chud­ley and Green are all con­tracted up to the Sum­mer of 2020. Cook and Allinson are both out of con­tract next sum­mer. Given ex-lon­don Ir­ish man Allinson has not played for the first team this sea­son, he is highly un­likely to be of­fered a new deal. As for Cook, who came through the academy, this will be an im­por­tant cou­ple of months. He will be itch­ing for the chance to prove he de­serves a new deal, but with Chud­ley and Fo­tu­ali’i now fit and the pre­ferred half-backs for the big games, he might not get a chance to show his worth go­ing for­ward. And if Cook isn’t of­fered a deal or doesn’t want to stay on, he will be re­placed. The club see Davies more of a ten and he has an­other year left at the club af­ter this one. Now An­thony Wat­son, Char­lie Ewels, El­liott Stooke and Nathan Catt have signed con­tract ex­ten­sions, there are 16 play­ers in the Bath se­nior squad in the fi­nal year of their con­tracts.

PIC­TURE: Ian John­son/tak­ing Pic­tures Ltd

Will Chud­ley is con­tracted un­til the sum­mer of 2020

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