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Bristol Bears coach Pat Lam extends contract at Ashton Gate

Bristol Bears have revealed that Pat Lam has signed a new, long-term contract at Ashton Gate. Photo: PA

Bristol Bears have revealed that Pat Lam has signed a new, long-term contract at Ashton Gate.

The former Somoa international, who has been at the club since 2017, has agreed a deal until 2023.

Lam, whose title now becomes Director of Rugby, led the club to a 9th placed finish in the Gallagher Premiership - the highest points total for a promoted side since 2007.

In his first season at the helm, the 50 year-old clinched the Championship title, winning a club record 16 successive fixtures in the process.

In his first season at the helm the 50 year-old clinched the Championship title. Credit: PA

I’m proud to commit my future to Bristol and it was an easy decision to make. We’ve set out a plan to bring a Premiership trophy to Ashton Gate and we’re at the start of that journey.

– Head coach, Pat Lam (speaking to the club website)

Pat Lam has reinvigorated this club and given us a clear purpose and direction for the future. He has created an environment and team spirit that the whole city has bought into.

From the dynamic brand of rugby, to the huge self-belief he has created in the squad, Pat has made the rugby world take notice of what is happening at Ashton Gate. Equally as important, his focus on serving the local community and making a difference off the field has been inspirational.

– Stephen Lansdown, Bristol Bears' owner (speaking to the club website)