Bath Rugby are set to announce the capture of Leicester fly-half Freddie Burns by the end of the week, according to the Bath Chronicle.
With George Ford leaving the Recreation Ground to join Leicester for a deal reported to be around £450,000-a-year, Todd Blackadder has wasted no time in finding a replacement for the 23-year-old England international.
Burns returning to Bath will be somewhat of a homecoming with his family still based in the area and Burns originally plying his trade for Bath’s academy before he moved to Gloucester.
The capture of Burns will be hugely pleasing to see from a fans point of view, as with Ford leaving that would have left former Scarlets star Rhys Priestland as the only senior fly-half in the squad.
Burns quickly became a fan favourite at Welford Road and will hope he can get the fans behind him at Bath. The 26-year-old will also be hoping that his move to Bath will see him get the opportunity to add to his five England caps, the last of which came against New Zealand in 2014.
Eddie Jones will be sure to keep an eye on Bath’s new prized asset who could begin to put some pressure on the very man he will be replacing.
Fred Blagden, Pundit Arena