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Bristol Trio Agree New Contracts

Published on 20th January 2012 by Tom Tainton

Liam Middleton, Iain Grieve and Jason Hobson sign new deals

Three key figures in Bristol’s league revival this season have committed their futures to the Club.

Head Coach Liam Middleton, captain Iain Grieve and prop Jason Hobson all extend their contracts ahead of the end-of-season play-offs.

Chairman Chris Booy said: “We’re really delighted that the Liam, Iain and Jason have signed up to stay with us.

“Liam has proved a fantastic appointment as Head Coach and we know what huge respect he is held in by the players, staff and supporters.

“Iain and Jason are two of the most talented and committed members of the squad.

“It’s a clear indication of the Club’s ambitions. The trio can see that we are building for the future and they all want to play their part in it.”

Middleton, who took over the helm during the summer, has overseen a dramatic turnaround in fortunes with Bristol currently sitting top of the RFU Championship and unbeaten in the league at the Memorial Stadium this season.

The Zimbabwean, who boasts an impressive win record in his tenure as Head Coach, has instilled an attacking philosophy in his squad with Bristol playing some of their most exciting rugby in years. He agrees a new two-year deal.

“It’s a privilege to be Head Coach of Bristol Rugby,” said Middleton. “It comes with a huge amount of responsibility.

"I'm passionately driven to make the vision we have for the Club a reality in years to come."

Iain Grieve continues to play an inspirational role as skipper, making fifteen appearances during the campaign and scoring three tries. Currently sidelined with a fractured eye socket, the 24 year-old is set to return in time for the play-off pool stages.

Grieve, who has captained the side since 2010, puts pen to paper for a further two years.

He added: "I'm so proud to continue my career with Bristol. I've played all my professional rugby here, the Club's a huge part of my life and I'm very happy to continue that.”

Jason Hobson’s recent fine form has seen the prop become one of the most influential front-rowers in the league. The England international has been a regular fixture in the first-team this season, making fourteen appearances.

“I’m delighted to commit my long term future to Bristol Rugby. This is a Club moving in the right direction and it’s a fantastic time to be playing here.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying my rugby and I believe this team can achieve great things.”