Exeter Coach Rob Baxter has mocked suggestions linking Chiefs fly-half Henry Slade to Bath with George Ford’s future at the club still unclear.
Ford is contracted with Bath until the end of the 2017/18 season but has been consistently linked with a move away from the Rec. ever since his father Mike was sacked by the club at the end of last season.
Ford’s future at Bath has been continually questioned ever since, and naturally, when one player is being linked away from a club, another player will inevitably be linked to that club to replace him.
In this instance, that player is Chiefs playmaker Henry Slade, who Baxter insists has not been unsettled with reports linking him to Bath.
“I’ve had a couple of chats with Henry and we’ve had a bit of a joke about the rumours flying around,” Baxter told BBC Sport (via The Bath Chronicle).
“There is no truth in the rumour about him having any interest in going to Bath. It’s not unsettling to us as a club, to me or to Henry.
“I don’t believe for one instant it’s unsettling for Bath or the other clubs that get linked into their rumours.
“I don’t know anything about the George Ford scenario, but Bath will know what’s going on. It won’t be unsettling for them about what’s happening with George Ford because they’ll know exactly what the scenario is.
“It’s not unsettling for me to read anything about Henry because I know he’s under contract here, I know he’s fully committed to us, he’s desperate to do things for us, play well for us and to win things.”
Slade is contracted Sandy Park until 2019 after signing a three-year deal during the summer.
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