Bath's Taulupe Faletau signs contract extension
Last Updated: 04/05/18 4:01pm
Wales international Taulupe Faletau has ended speculation over his future by signing a long-term contract extension with Bath Rugby.
There have been reports in recent days that the Tonga-born 27-year-old back-row forward was set to reject the offer of a new deal at the Recreation Ground and return to Wales.
Faletau, who has made 72 appearances for Wales as well as four appearances for the Lions, joined Bath from Newport Gwent Dragons in 2016 and his initial contract was due to expire at the end of next season.
One report suggested that Faletau, who has been hampered by a knee injury this term, would move back to the Dragons this summer, with a transfer fee being paid, but he has now put an end to the rumours.
Faletau, who has featured 29 times for Bath, told the club's official website: "I'm delighted to extend my contract at Bath. I feel my best years are still ahead of me, and this is the place I want to play, develop and win trophies.
"I have a great relationship with Todd and the coaching team and believe in their long-term vision. I also believe in the squad we have and that we can achieve our goals."
Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder, added: "Toby is one of the most admired players in world rugby, and he has shown that not only in a Bath shirt, but for Wales and on his two tours with the British & Irish Lions.
"This is great news for the club in that Toby recognises that Bath is the place where he can best achieve his goals, which is ultimately challenging for the major trophies.
"We are committed to retaining our best players and Toby falls into this category, so we're really pleased to have secured his long-term future at the club."