Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby has denied that they do not have any deal in place with the Leicester Tigers to sign fly half George Ford in the summer.
According to a report in the Leicester Mercury, talks for a new contract between the England under-20 international and his club have broken down over various demands that were not released but the report also mentioned that the youngster has already agreed a deal to sign with Bath, where Mike Ford, his father is a first team coach.
Gary Gold, the Director of Rugby of the club has, however, denied any agreement between his club and the player.
Speaking to the press about Ford, Gold stated that he is obviously a brilliant player and there is no denying that but added that Bath Rugby have not approached him over a possible move to the club in the summer.
He also added that they cannot speak to players such as George Ford because there are hundreds of movement management protocols and the club doesn’t believe in breaching any of those protocols, before going on to state that if they do intend to sign a player, they will first get in touch with his club.
He further added that Ford hasn’t signed a deal with his club and at this stage, they are not allowed to get involved in dialogue with him. Gold stated that Bath Rugby is an easy club to label players like him to but the club has two outstanding players in his position under contract already.
Ford made his debut with the record Premiership champions back in 2009 as a 16 year old and has since won the IRB Young Player of the Year award in 2011 but his chances have been limited with Toby Flood ahead of him.