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The Fly Half Merry-Go-Round George Ford’s Possible Departure From Bath Could Trigger

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There has been a great deal of speculation over the future of George Ford.

Despite having a contract that is not set to expire until the summer of 2018, since Mike Ford’s departure from Bath last season, speculation has hung over George’s future at Bath.

Throughout the last number of weeks, clubs such as the Sale Sharks, Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, and even Toulon have each been mentioned as possible destinations for the fly-half.

However if Ford were to join a rival Premiership club, then it could trigger a a game of musical chairs that would see numerous fly halves also move clubs.

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For example, this week has seen both Wales Online and GloucestershireLive report the Bath are interested in bringing James Hook to the Rec next season.

Although they each claimed that the Ospreys remain Hook’s most likely destination, the fact that they Pro12 side already have Dan Biggar and Sam Davies at their disposal, such a move makes little sense.

While it must be stressed that Bath might be looking to replace Rhys Priestland with Hook and ultimately keep hold of Ford, it doesn’t rest within the narrative that is currently being spun.

The consequences of Ford joining Northampton would call into question the futures of either Stephen Myler and JJ Hanrahan. Would the Saints prefer to lose the 32 year-old England international, or the talented but not yet proven Irishman?

Hanrahan would of course interest each of the Irish provinces, but what of Myler?

Likewise, If Ford were to move to the Tigers, what happens to Owen Williams? A return to Wales would seem logical, but apart from the Newport Gwent Dragons, each of the regions appear well stocked at fly half.

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This leaves Sale, who have made no secret of their desire to recruit world class players. The Sharks are also in need of replacing Danny Cipriani.

Therefore, moving to Sale would be an ideal fit, and would leave none of the players mentioned above searching for clubs next season.

However for now, everything remains in the realm of speculation.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

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