Bath have re-signed versatile Australian back-rower Leroy Houston on a short-term deal until the end of October as reported by BBC Sport.
It is a swift return to the club for Houston, who only left Bath in the summer to return to Australia to further his international ambitions, signing for old club the Queensland Reds.
Although the New Zealand-born star was included in Aussie coach Michael Cheika’s 39 man Preliminary squad for the England series, he failed to make the final squad. He also failed to make Cheika’s Rugby Championship squad.
The well-travelled 29 year-old who has had spells with Top 14 side Union Bordeaux Bégles and Pro D2 side US Colomiers, enjoyed a productive three year spell at the West Country club, scoring 11 tries in 89 appearances.
A super rugby winner with the Reds in 2011, Houston established himself as a fans’ favourite at the rec, with his dynamic ball carrying, committed defending and personable nature.
Houston always made time to chat to fans and to sign autographs, and his return albeit a brief one, is sure to be welcomed by fans.
The 6ft 3in, 18st 3lbs backrower who is primarly a No8 but who can also operate on both sides of the flank, has been brought in to cover for the injured Taulupe Faletau, who suffered medial ligament damage to his knee against Northampton a week last Saturday.
The injury is expected to keep the Welsh star out of action for between 6 to 8 weeks.
With their other backrower David Denton, who can play at both flanker and No8, tearing a hamstring in the same game and ruled out for up to four months, Bath decided to bring their former star back in.
With the Queensland Reds Super 18 season over, Houston has been given permission to return to his old stomping ground.
Speaking to the club’s website, Bath’s director of rugby, Todd Blackadder had this to say about Houston’s return,
“He’s a fantastic character and a brilliant player. We know he’ll settle straight back in”.