Brendon Daniel today signed a new one-year contract with Bath Rugby and said that he is determined to reproduce the devastating form that saw him shoot to the top of the try scoring tables early last season.
The 26-year-old was one of the star turns last season in Bath Rugby's surge to the top of the Zurich Premiership table scoring four tries in six appearances before back and then hamstring injuries sidelined the winger from November through to the season's close. However, rather than rush back Brendon has taken his rehabilitation steadily and will be fully fit by the time the season kicks-off in September.
Brendon is one of the most deadly finishers around and his return alongside established Scotland international Simon Danielli and exciting new signing Joe Maddock as well as Alex Crockett and Andrew Higgins should ensure that Bath Rugby have plenty of firepower out wide. With Wylie Human and Iain Balshaw moving on to pastures new, the need for proven finishers is vital to a side that has ambitions to challenge for honours.
"Having Brendon extend his contract is almost the equivalent of signing a new player," said Director of Rugby Jack Rowell. "He made a real impact at the beginning of last season and certainly lived up to his reputation as a finisher, scoring four tries in six competitive appearances. In the challenging environment that is the Zurich Premiership and Heineken Cup it is important to possess players who pose a threat to defences and with Brendon re-signing and Joe Maddock arriving we feel that we should be able to offer plenty in that vital area ."
Having worked extremely hard on his rehabilitation with Chris Mallac, Brendon is confident that he will be starting the season in the best possible shape and is looking forward to bagging a few five pointers along the way.
"I am really pleased to be signing a new contract with Bath Rugby," said the New Zealand-born player. "Despite the fact that last season was frustrating due to the injuries, I got my Bath Rugby career off to a very good start and I cannot lose sight of that fact. Hopefully my injury problems are well behind me now and I am looking forward to the beginning of pre-season training and picking up where I left off."
"I feel that I have something to prove and I want to bounce back better than before. I am here to score tries and that is exactly what I intend to do."
"There is a really good vibe at the club and what was achieved last season was incredible. The key now is to keep the momentum going and I am aiming to play my part."
Brendon and his Bath Rugby team mates will commence pre-season training next week.