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Barkley to leave Bath

Bath's Olly Barkley is to leave the club. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

Bath's Olly Barkley is to join French club Racing Metro at the end of the month.

The 30-year-old has made over 200 appearances for the club, and has 23 England caps. Apart from a season at Gloucester, Barkley has spent his entire career at The Rec.

The fly-half will be available for Bath's next two games against London Irish this weekend and Sale on September 29th before moving to the Paris club.

Barkley told Bath's official website:

Bath Rugby is in my heart and it always will be. When I no longer play the game, this will be the Club I come to watch. I will be forever a Bath boy but this, for me, was simply the opportunity of a lifetime and one I just couldn't ignore.

I will miss the Club always, and I wish all of my mates here the very best. I believe they are a special group with special coaches, and I hope they achieve everything they desire.

I'd like to thank the Club for their understanding, and also the Bath supporters who have been amazing to me in my time here."

– Olly Barkley

Head Coach Gary Gold added:

I could not have been more impressed with both his attitude and his incredibly professional approach since I arrived at the Club.

As a senior player, he could not have worked harder or been more welcoming to us as a group of coaches, but every now and then an offer lands on the table that a bloke just can't refuse.

We are sorry to see him go, but he goes with our blessing. He will always be welcome here."

– Gary Gold, Head Coach, Bath
  • A PHOTO GALLERY OF OLLY BARKLEY'S CAREER IN THE WEST COUNTRY:
2012. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport
2011. Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport
2010. Credit: PA Wire
2009. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive
2008. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire
2007. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
2006. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive
2005. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive
2004. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport
2003. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive
2002. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
2001. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive
2000. Credit: Steve Mitchell/EMPICS Sport

In other news, Bath have signed former Northampton hooker Brett Sharman on a short-term loan as injury cover for Rob Webber.

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