Bath have confirmed that South African flyhalf Butch James has formally agreed to extend his stay with the club for another three years.
rugby365 reported some time ago that the former Sharks star was considering a contract offer from the club but the facts have now been confirmed by the Guinness Premiership club on their official website.
The No.10 has also revealed that he is unsure about his international career at this stage, but did say that he does still have hopes of playing for the Springboks against the British and Irish Lions when they tour South Africa in 2009.
James had widely been tipped to retire from the international game following the Lions series next year anyway and, while he certainly did not confirm it, he did seem to give his biggest hint yet that it was a possibility.
“It is always great to be able to play for your country,” admitted Butch.
“But, I am not sure. I think my days as an international player might be numbered, although I would still really like to make the Lions Tour. If I make the selection for that, we will see from there.”
James has committed himself to the current European Challenge Cup Champions till the end of the 2011/12 season and revealed that he had never intended leaving, saying he was a “one club man”.
While he has obviously been successful on the pitch for his club so far the South African says his decision has also been helped by the fact that he has taken so well to life in the historic city.
“I have made some really good friends in Bath and am really happy playing rugby here and hope to keep playing well for Bath,” said James.
As for the kind of success the club’s fans can expect: “As long as we enjoy how we play as a team, like we do at the moment, the results will follow.”
Head Coach Steve Meehan was clearly a delighted man after confirming the extention of his stars contract and says he is looking forward to some great success over the next few years with James.
“It is fantastic news,” Meehan said.
“He is a great asset to the club, on and off the pitch, and we are all very excited to be able to continue to work with him for at least another three seasons.”Tweet