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Bath forward Peter Short considers Stade Francais move

Peter Short
Short began his career at Moseley before moving to Leicester

Bath lock forward Peter Short is unsure of his future at the club and is considering a return to France.

The 31-year-old has been at the Rec since 2005, having arrived from French side RC Narbonne, and his contract expires this summer.

Asked whether he might be joining Top 14 side Stade Francais, Short BBC Radio Bristol: "That's a possibility.

"And with the stage we're at in the season I've had to go out and talk to other people."

Short continued: "But we've been talking to Bath as well, and they're in the loop and know where we are.

"I'm just worrying about playing rugby and see what comes out in the wash.

It is something that appeals to me, which is why we've been talking to people over there

Peter Short on playing in France

"Hopefully a decision will be made by the end of the month and an announcement to follow."

Bath have been trying to reduce the average age of their pack for next season, starting in the second row.

They have signed 24-year-old Dave Attwood from Gloucester and 26-year-old Ryan Caldwell from Ulster.

Sir Ian McGeechan also has options in Stuart Hooper, Ben Skirving and possibly academy graduate Scott Hobson, who has been out all season with injury.

"I've been here for six years and I love the club and love playing with the guys," added Short.

"It's a great environment to be in and you can be yourself. Having said that when I was over in France I had a great time.

"It is something that appeals to me, which is why we've been talking to people over there."



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