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Homegrown Duo Agree New Deals

Published on 05th March 2013 by Tom Tainton

Tovey and Watkins commit futures to Club


Liam Middleton’s vision of building a team with a core of homegrown talent receives a significant boost with news that Jack Tovey and George Watkins have penned new deals with the Club.

The former Colston’s School duo graduated through the Academy to establish themselves as key players in the first team squad.

Two of the most exciting young talents in the RFU Championship, Watkins has made eighty outings for Bristol since a debut against Neath in 2009, while Tovey has seventy-nine appearances to his name.

“It's fantastic news that Jack and George have agreed new deals with us,” said Middleton. “They’re hugely important to Bristol Rugby because they fit a key purpose at the Club, which is to develop Bristol players to play in Bristol Fashion.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching both of them develop through the Academy into valuable first team performers who have already notched up eighty appearances for the Club.”

Pacy winger George Watkins has thirty-nine tries, the fourth highest in competitive games for Bristol, including nine already this campaign.

He added: “It’s such an exciting time to be at the Club and I’m delighted to stay here. To represent Bristol – the team I supported growing up – is a dream and I want to fulfil my ambition of playing Premiership rugby for my hometown Club.”

Utility back Jack Tovey, a firm terrace favourite, has notched eighteen tries since making his debut in 2009.

The 22 year old said: “Bristol are making real progress off-field and we’re in a strong position to push for honours in the league and cup this season.

“I’m developing as a player under Liam [Middleton] and I have a great relationship with the supporters – it was an easy decision to remain here.”