Improving Kyle Eastmond shows his versatility for Bath Rugby
The club may still be deciding on where best to play him but for Kyle Eastmond it is just a relief to be on the field, writes Harry Abbott.
Injury limited the 23-year- old's first term at Bath Rugby to a handful of appearances following his cross-code switch from St Helens last November.
But he has been among the club's star performers this term, with a scintillating try from the wing against Wasps back in September showcasing exactly why Bath were keen for him to make the move from rugby league.
Eastmond was given a new role at outside centre during the weekend Amlin Cup win over Calvisano, while the club's coaching staff were impressed by his outing at fly-half against Burcharest Wolves in the same competition two months ago.
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Horacio Agulla staked his claim for a regular spot on the wing with a hat-trick in Italy last weekend and Eastmond said he is just happy to be playing, whichever position it is.
"Last season was a non-starter with the injuries, so it's just good to be fit and playing," said Eastmond, who admitted he is still learning the game despite a year in union.
"Whichever position I play, I'm sure I'll get the chance to get the ball and show what I can do.
"It's one of those things that I don't really look into too much. I get told what position I'll be playing and then I'll try to do my best for the team – I think that's all you can do.
"In the future, if I do change positions then that's up to the coaches. I'm sure they'll only do it if they think it's right.
"Playing at centre was good and I enjoyed it. It was something different and I got my hands on the ball a bit more.
"There are ways to get your hands on the ball on the wings as well, it's about finding the right places to do it.
"I'm still learning the game but I got a pre-season under my belt which helped.
"This isn't the natural sport I've been playing since the age of seven like league was. It's still brand new, so I am improving every single day."
Whichever position he is deployed in this weekend, Eastmond knows he will face off against tough opposition when Saracens visit The Rec.
"Everybody knows Saracens are a quality team," said Eastmond. "The defence is really good and their workrate is second to none.
"We've competed with every team we've played against this year, so we're looking forward to it, but it's going to be a tough game because we know how good they are."