Budgett and Robinson the latest to commit to Bristol
Following this morning’s announcement that Assistant Coach John Brain has extended his contract for another year and centre Jack Adams will be joining from Gloucester comes the news that Nathan Budgett and Lee Robinson have agreed new deals with Bristol Rugby.
The capture of both players is particularly significant as they had been attracting attention from elsewhere and their decisions to put pen to paper for two more years is a big boost to the squad.
Budgett initially joined Bristol Rugby in December 2005 from Bridgend on a short team deal but impressed so much that he was offered a new deal before the end of the season.
He has since gone on to become a regular in the Bristol line up making 47 starts to date and 18 replacement appearances.
Robinson joined Bristol from Plymouth Albion in the summer of 2005 and earned an instant rapport with the Bristol support when he scored the winning try against Bath on the opening weekend of the 2005-6 season.
A powerful runner, he has maintained an impressive strike rate ever since scoring 28 tries from 72 starts.
Bristol Rugby Head Coach Paul Hull said today:
"I’m very pleased to have signed Nathan and Lee. Budge has been one of the cornerstones of our pack for some time now and his experience will be crucial for us next year."
"On his day, Lee is one of the most intimidating wingers in the game. He has a great combination of size, strength and speed and his scoring record speaks for itself."
Meanwhile, Hull also confirmed that 19 year old second row Darren Barry has also signed up for next season. 19 year old Barry is definitely considered to be one for the future.
He is a product of the Bristol Rugby Academy, starting his playing career at Old Reds and having captained Filton College.
He has been an England U19s squad member and a regular for Bristol United over the past two seasons as well as appearing for Clifton in South West Division One.
"I’m very pleased with the results of the work put in behind the scenes over the past few weeks. I feel that we’re putting together a really good squad for next season."