Yorkshire Carnegie are delighted to announce that leading try scorer Josh Bainbridge, 19, has agreed a new one year contract with the club.
Bainbridge had a breakthrough season for Yorkshire Carnegie in 2014-15 earning a place in the England Under-20s squad for the Junior World Cup however this season he has reached new levels with the Yorkshire Carnegie first team. He is the clubs leading try scorer this season with 16 tries in 13 games so far, including five tries in one game at Bristol earlier in the season.
He is currently sidelined through an injury suffered whilst on England U20 duty but hopes to return to action for the play offs with Yorkshire Carnegie. He was out of contract at the end of the season and there has been press speculation linking him with Premiership clubs however he has agreed a new one year contract with the club.
Commenting on the new deal, the Middlesbrough-born back rower said, “I am delighted to be staying at the club. I know there has been speculation in the media about what was happening but I spoke to Director of Rugby Chris Gibson and Academy Director Andy Rock and expressed my wish to stay at the club. I have come through the academy, made my way into the first team and now I am delighted to be staying on for at least another year.”
The Leeds Beckett University student hopes to return to the field to help Yorkshire Carnegie in the Greene King IPA Championship play offs as they look to book a return to the Aviva Premiership. He will also be hoping to prove his fitness for the England U20 side who have a home Junior World Championship this summer in Manchester. He added, “I experienced the Six Nations last year and did all my preparations this year hoping to have a big impact on this years tournament. Unfortunately a toe injury has kept me out but that is the nature of the sport, you get injured and you have to deal with it. There is a great opportunity in the World Cup to right some wrongs and that has been my focus recently.
“Everyone wants a tour abroad but a home World Cup would be special. Hopefully, we can take a lot out of what has happened in the Six Nations and develop that in the World Cup. It would be great to play in a tournament like that alongside my Yorkshire Carnegie team mates Jack Walker, Lewis Boyce, Taylor Prell and Max Green; that would be special for us and the club,” added Bainbridge.
Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach Bryan Redpath is delighted to have retained a quality local youngster for his squad for next season. He commented, “Josh has made a big impression on the squad this year and that was rewarded with his England U20 selection. He has come through the group and earned his stripes with some big performances this year. I think the important thing for him next year is to consolidate that position at number seven and make a bigger physical impression on the game. He was getting there before his injury and I am sure he will do that given another off season with us. We believe he has a big future in the game and I am delighted he is with us for another year.”