Bath have undoubtedly had a rough few seasons, particularly when you consider their lofty expectations and impressive history. Fans of the west-country side have not been rewarded with a top-four finish since the 2014/15 season when their impressive form saw them go almost unbeaten at home for the whole season.
Nowadays the home faithful are more likely to be rewarded by a successful fight to make the Challenge Cup – as this year has proved fruitful. The return of Bath to their former glory appears more plausible than it did at the end of last season, however, as their young academy players that have risen through the ranks are starting to come to fruition.
Not only do they have the growth of their homegrown players to call upon, but Bath have made their intentions extremely clear with the marquee signing, that is, Finn Russell. “Bath are top-four contenders in my eyes, I think they’re that good,” started Monye. “They’ve recruited incredibly well and what we saw especially in the second half of the season is an attacking identity emerging. Add in Finn Russell and I think they will be class.”
Monye was full of praise as he continued to wax lyrical about the Scotland international: “He is the headline signing of the season, I think Russell is the most naturally-talented fly-half in the world. He is truly world-class, he’s going to light up the Premiership. He is box office. Any team that has a magician like him in their side is going to be excellent.”