customized nfl jersey Ben Te’o to Bath Rugby is not as unlikely as you might think
DANIEL EVANS: Ben Te’o to Bath Rugby is not as unlikely as you might thinkDoR Todd Blackadder has been looking for a ‘big midfielder’ all summer.06:00, 25 AUG 2017Updated17:48, 25 AUG 2017Ben Te’o makes a break for the British Irish Lions (Image: David Rogers/Getty Images) But I now understand Bath are interested in signing the eight cap England centre and my information is that the 30 year old’s future at Worcester Warriors is not as watertight as it might be.The former rugby league team mate of Sam Burgess arrived in the Premiership from Leinster last summer on a reported annual salary.Jonathan Joseph over the off field issues he admits affected his Bath Rugby formWith the Warriors struggling and ultimately finishing one place off relegation last season, Te’o’s future was questioned in the spring and he felt the need to spell it out.”I am definitely here for next season,” he said. “I am flying the Worcester flag.”I haven’t even thought about it (leaving). If there are people out there thinking that, that’s not the case.”A “big midfielder” is exactly what director of rugby Todd Blackadder and head coach Tabai Matson have at the top of their wishlist.At 6ft 2ins and nearly 17st, with the ability to pick and run piercing lines and deliver damaging offloads, Te’o seems a very good fit.In the negative column, Te’o is an international and would likely be absent at the same time as Jonathan Joseph, unless of course one is picked at the expense of the other by Eddie Jones.Te’o, whose stock and salary potential has surely risen post Lions,
is understood to be returning to Warriors training next week; having been given two extra weeks off after his summer exploits.Time is running out before the Premiership starts, but Blackadder is still playing it cool when it comes to the seemingly never ending search for a new centre.The Bath Rugby webchat with Daniel Evans, August 25, 2017″It’s still a work in progress,” he said when asked for the umpteenth time how the hunt was going. “Fingers crossed, we’ll get one soon.”The Chronicle understands there is a back up plan, but Te’o would be the number one choice if a deal can be done which suits all parties.Yes, Te’o is under contract but so were George Ford, Freddie Burns and Jonny May, who all moved clubs over the past few months.