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England's Lewis Moody is 'excited' by switch to Bath


Bath move was an easy decision - Moody

England flanker Lewis Moody says he is "hugely excited" about being part of a new era at Bath.

The 32-year-old has begun training with his new team-mates after agreeing to end his 14-year stint with Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers.

Moody told BBC Radio Bristol: "I'm hugely excited to be a part of this squad and for what's going to happen this season.

"There comes a time when you have to make difficult decisions."

Moody was convinced that a move to Bath was right for him after holding talks earlier this year with the club's chief executive Nick Blofeld and head coach Steve Meehan.

"Once I'd spoken to Nick and Steve that decision was made easy."

Moody, who rounded off another highly successful season by captaining England in Australia, joins a club which has just established an impressive new administrative and training headquarters at Farleigh House in the Somerset countryside.

That followed the takeover of the club by businessman Bruce Craig, who then persuaded Lions legend Ian McGeechan to join as performance director.

I'm looking forward to improving parts of my game that have been lacking over the years

Lewis Moody

"After I signed towards the end of last season I found out all the things that were going on with Bruce taking over and Ian McGeechan coming on board.

"Nick and Steve talked to me about what Bath were about, they wanted me to be a part of it and how excited they were to get me in.

"They also mentioned that things would be happening in the future but gave no details. I put my faith in them and it's turned out just incredible."

Moody won seven Premiership titles and played in three Heineken Cup finals with Leicester and clearly wants to continue that winning streak at Bath.

"I'm looking forward to improving parts of my game that have been lacking over the years. I think the way that Bath play will be good for my individual game.

"I play to win games - that's where the enjoyment comes from - and a part of that is winning trophies."

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