Scrum-half Peter Stringer focusing on the short term at Bath Rugby
He may have made an instant impact during his first four weeks at the club but Peter Stringer is not looking beyond his loan spell at Bath Rugby.
Head coach Gary Gold brought in the 98-cap Ireland scrum-half on a short-term deal from Munster when Michael Claassens was ruled out for several weeks with a hand injury.
And although Bath appear to have a scrum-half vacancy with the news Claassens is set to leave this summer, Stringer is only concerned with the immediate future.
“There’s a contract that runs until the middle of March which is up for review then,” said Stringer, who added that a prolonged stay at The Rec was something that had not been discussed.
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“If there is an injury crisis at Munster then they’ll need to call me back but as far as I know it’s wait and see, and hopefully get as much game time and play as well as I can until then.
“My contract is up with Munster in the summer, so now is the time when you’re looking at clubs and trying to see the options out there in regard to next year because I am still keen to play.
“I don’t see a date when I want to finish playing, so I’m trying to sort that out at the moment.
“I suppose this really does put you in the shop window. When you are playing more regularly clubs take notice and it’s great to be playing in a competition like the Premiership.
“A lot of these things are talks between agents and CEOs, so from my point of view I’m just really focussed on the next four to five weeks.
“If things come up in conversation then so be it but it’s pretty much this loan spell that I’m focussing on at the moment and then we’ll take it from there.”
At the age of 35 and with opportunities at his parent club so limited, Stringer is just happy to be out on the field in an attempt to prolong his career as long as possible.
“It’s been a good four weeks,” said Stringer, who also had similar loan spells at Saracens and Newcastle Falcons last term.
“Last year was my first time doing it. I’d been 14 years at home at Munster without a change. The same routine day in, day out.
“To get an opportunity last year to move away was daunting but at the back of my mind I knew it was something I had to do as I wanted to be playing.
“I’m still at a stage where I’m still learning about the game and every time I go to a new place I’m picking little things up.
“If I felt I was at the end I think I’d be happy to just stay at home and pick up a wage at the end of the month.
“But to make a move away from home, away from friends and family, in order to keep playing is still the thing I want to do.
“I still have a love for the game and the end is not really in sight at the moment.”