Bristol Rugby are going places, says new signing Charlie Amesbury
CHARLIE Amesbury spoke of his ambition to play Aviva Premiership rugby with Bristol after the winger's move from Sale Sharks was announced yesterday.
The 26-year-old – who will join up with the Bristol squad for next season – admitted he was impressed by the "real intent" shown by the club.
Amesbury, pictured, said: "I sensed a real excitement and buzz about the place when I came down to meet Liam (Middleton) and look around the training ground.
"Bristol has a solid foundation and there's a feeling that it is going places. Every rugby club talks about their ambition, but there is a vision here and a confidence among the coaches and players that it can be achieved.
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"Bristol has an illustrious history and they want top-flight rugby and success. The ambition and quality to gain promotion is there, and the player and coach recruitment so far shows a real intent that I'm confident will be matched on the pitch.
"Playing Premiership rugby is obviously where I want to be – it's the pinnacle of a rugby career. I know a few of the boys from my time at Falcons – I know Luke Eves, Redford Pennycook and Glen Townson well.
"It makes it easier to come and join a new club because they are honest, quality players. I'm excited to join up with a squad of players who I respect, and I'm relishing the chance to play for Bristol."
Comfortable on the wing or at full-back, the pacy England Sevens international – who graduated through the Harlequins Academy – has two tries in 13 outings for Sale this season.
Amesbury made nine appearances for Quins, before a successful spell with Newcastle Falcons, where he scored seven tries in 43 games at Kingston Park.
Head coach Middleton said: "Charlie has impressed me in the Aviva Premiership this season, I'm very pleased to be able to bring him to Bristol Rugby.
"He is a real attacking threat with the ball in hand, has good acceleration and an impressive ability to bust tackles and beat defenders.
"Charlie is hungry for success and is a great character who will fit well into the club environment. He will provide genuine quality to the crop of exciting backs that we are developing within the club."
Bristol's sixth signing ahead of the new campaign, Amesbury represented England in the 2006-07 IRB Sevens World Series.