Flanker Scaysbrook leaves Bath for Exeter
Bath Rugby have failed to hang on to the services of flanker James Scaysbrook, who has announced he is leaving The Rec for Exeter Chiefs.
Scaysbrook, who narrowly missed out on Bath's Players' Player of the Year Award last month, will leave after seven seasons with the club.
The management at Bath Rugby had been in talks with Scaysbrook right up until recent weeks, but the two sides were unable to agree terms to keep him at The Rec.
The 26-year-old said he would be leaving Bath with a heavy heart but
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was fired about helping the Chiefs rise from National League One to the
“I am sorry to leave Bath as I have been here for a long time but I am
looking forward to the new opportunity and challenge Exeter presents," said Scaysbrook.
“I came down last week to meet head coach Rob Baxter and as soon as I looked at the place, I knew it was moving in the right direction.
“It is my ambition to come and help Exeter to challenge for promotion to get us into the Premiership.”
Head coach Baxter said: “James is the ideal player to complete our back-row options. He started in all three back-row positions for Bath last season and brings with him a wealth of experience despite being only 26 years old.
“James also possesses a great work ethic which will ensure he fits in really well with the rest of our forwards.
I also like all of our back five forwards to be lineout options and this is a strength of James’s both on the field as a player and off the field as an analyst and organiser.
"Another of his strengths is his work at the break down, which is increasingly becoming the area that decides the outcome of the game.”