Completely New Coaching Staff In Place At Bath

There were very few good tans or stories of far-off places visited when the Bath squad reassembled for pre-season training last week.

We have had a decent spell of time off and there is a real determination amongst us players to put right the wrongs of last season.

We know where we finished was not good enough and we need to be stronger, better at executing our game plans and more consistent in what we do.

There is, of course, almost a completely new coaching staff in place this season with South African Gary Gold the man in charge.

On our first day back, he was very impressive and spoke to us as a group with very little waffle and plenty of purpose.

He arrives with a reputation of someone who very nearly helped Newcastle avoid finishing bottom of last season’s Aviva Premiership, despite them looking absolutely doomed when he arrived up there.

With guys like Toby Booth and Mike Ford in the set-up here now too, there is certainly no shortage of experience and know-how in the backroom staff.

There is always a sense of expectation at any club in pre-season. But there is a real determination to do well this year and with the kind of people we have got driving things, it should be a cracking season.

We have started slowly at first this week with medical and fitness tests to see where we are after the summer.

We will then crank it up I guess over the next week or so.

There is also a sense of mystery as the coaches don’t look like they are going to be giving too much away in terms of what we will be doing - and when.

We go away on a pre-season camp in a couple of weeks and nobody knows where we are going yet.

Something tells me, it won’t be the Seychelles.

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