It’s been a whirlwind start to the season for David Denton but he feels like he is finally starting to settle down at new club Bath Rugby.
The Scotland international was busy at the World Cup as his team came agonisingly close to a second-ever semi-final before falling to eventual finalists Australia.
The plan was then to return to Edinburgh with whom he has spent the last five years, instead a phone call came from Bath and eight days later Denton was installed at Farleigh House and preparing for Aviva Premiership Rugby.
Now into his own place, Denton is starting to feel at home in the West Country as he tries to bring his powerful ball-carrying game to last year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby finalists.
“Things are finally starting to settle down,” he said.
“It’s been a whirlwind month but I’m starting to get myself together now. When I first arrived I didn’t have any time to find accommodation so I was staying at Farleigh House.
“It’s obviously a magnificent place but it’s good to have somewhere of my own now, a little closer to the centre.
“Bath were great when I first arrived, I got a bit of time off to settle in, but it all happened really quickly.
“From the time I first heard about the possibility of the move until I actually arrived, there were only eight days.
“It didn’t really sit well with me, leaving in the middle of a contract, but when an opportunity like this comes up, it’s impossible to turn down.”
While Denton has been getting acquainted with his new surroundings, Bath have had a difficult start to the season, with last week’s home defeat to Northampton Saints leaving them in ninth in the table.
In Europe they won their opening match against Leinster, but now face a double header against Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals Wasps, who have made a dream start in Europe.
And Denton knows they will have to be at their best if they are to turn things around this weekend.
“It’s never a good feeling to lose, especially at home,” he added.
“That’s pro sport but we have to make sure it doesn’t happen again anytime soon.
“Nothing changes for us against Wasps, it’s another game we have to win. We’ve used all our wildcards though so for the rest of the season it’s all about winning.
“They are a strong team so we’re going to have to play well to beat them.”
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