Adrian Jarvis coming back to Bristol Rugby
ADRIAN Jarvis was already willing Bristol to win the Championship – but the fly-half now has two reasons to want them to succeed after rejoining the club for next season.
Jarvis will return to Bristol, little more than a year after leaving for Leeds, after becoming one of four new players to yesterday sign for the club ahead of next season.
The 28-year-old will join Worcester's former Scotland prop Bruce Douglas, Exeter centre Bryan Rennie and Doncaster full-back David McIlwaine at Bristol for pre-season training ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.
Jarvis left Leeds last summer to join London Irish, for whom he has made 11 Aviva Premiership and six cup appearances this term, but kept his home in Clifton and is looking forward to returning to Bristol with his wife and three-month-old son.
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"Once I found out that Liam (Middleton, head coach) was interested in speaking with me, it was an easy decision to make," said Jarvis.
"There is a real appeal about Bristol – and my wife and I are really excited about returning. It was a bit of a no-brainer to come back, to be honest.
"When I left last season, it wasn't because I was unhappy; it was because another opportunity to play Premiership rugby presented itself to me.
"I have still got some pretty good friends at Bristol and I went down to the game against London Welsh a couple of weeks ago at Welsh to watch the guys play.
"I think every player who leaves Bristol continues to follow the club and, irrespective of whether I was coming back, of course I wanted to see the boys win promotion this season.
"Bristol is a famous, traditional rugby club and I think they should be in the top flight. It would be great to see the club back there next season and great to be a part of it if they are."
Prop Douglas, who won 43 caps for Scotland between 2002 and 2006, joined Worcester from Montpellier in 2010 and has made 45 appearances for the Sixways club, including nine in the Premiership this term.
Middleton said: "Bruce brings with him a wealth of front-row experience at every level of the game. He is an excellent professional, who will add impetus to our culture and the way that we play."
Exeter centre Rennie was the subject of interest from clubs in England and mainland Europe – but has opted to join Bristol.
The 27-year-old South African has appeared in 13 of Exeter's 21 Premiership matches so far this season, starting seven of them. He also appeared in 11 Premiership matches last season.
"Bryan fits the bill for us with what he brings on and off the field," said Middleton.
"Bryan is a powerful runner with good footwork and an excellent offload game. He brings a big work ethic and will add momentum to the culture of the club.
"He is somebody who has really impressed during his time in the Aviva Premiership and I'm pleased he will wear a Bristol shirt next season."
Full-back McIlwaine, who came through the system at Ulster before moving to Doncaster last summer, also had his move to Bristol confirmed yesterday.