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Sam Vesty praises skilful Bath squad

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Vesty learning the Bath way

Bath's new fly-half and centre Sam Vesty has praised the quality of his team-mates ahead of the 2010/11 season.

The 28-year-old joined the club on a three-year deal after eight years at Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers.

"The Bath guys are certainly one of the most skilful bunch of guys I've ever had the pleasure of playing with," Vesty told BBC Points West.

"The reason I came to Bath is that they play such an exciting and attacking brand of rugby."

Vesty continued: "It's certainly a brand I like to play and will suit my game. I'm just looking forward to getting my hands on the ball and playing some proper rugby."

The England international can play in a number of positions in the back line but is clear where he sees himself fitting into the Bath side.

"I think 10 or 12 is where I see myself playing and where the coaches see me playing as well," said Vesty.

"I don't mind where I play - in either position as long as I'm on the pitch."

It's the story of my life - I've always sat behind good players but I'll be happy to fight for my position

Sam Vesty

But Vesty will have his work cut out with South African fly-half Butch James due to return soon from international duty and fellow England international Olly Barkley making the number 12 shirt his own last season.

"It's the story of my life - I've always sat behind good players but I'll be happy to fight for my position," he said.

"It's the nature of having a good squad and a competitive squad and it's good for the team as it breeds success."

The rivalry between Bath and Vesty's former club Leicester goes back decades with each side dominant in different eras.

So his decision to move did cause some raised eyebrows particularly in Vesty's family where he was the fourth generation to play for the Tigers following footsteps of his father Phil who made 47 first-team appearances between 1971-76.

"I think my Dad found it quite tough to be honest when I first did it but he's talking to me now," joked Vesty.

"I don't think I'll turn Dad from being a staunch Leicester fan but hopefully he'll cheer me on."



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