Bristol Bears Have Just Made Their Most Important Signing Yet

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Bristol Bears have announced that Wallabies legend George Smith has signed a contract extension with the Premiership side until the end of the 2018/19 season.

Initially signed on a six-month deal, the club and player have mutually agreed to a contract extension, with the flanker impressing hugely since arriving in England.

“George [Smith] has been a superb addition to the squad, as we were confident he would be,” said head coach Pat Lam.

“Not only for his performances in the Premiership, where he has been one of our leaders on the pitch, but also for the way he has carried himself off the field.”

“George sets a positive example and the advice and mentoring he provides to the younger guys is invaluable. He brings nous and experience to us in a key position in the team. We’re delighted to keep him here, and he’s really enjoying it here, so it was an easy decision for both parties to make.”

The decorated Australian international has featured in every top flight game this season, helping Bristol to two wins from their opening six fixtures, and could prove to be their most important signing of the season.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first couple of months here and it’s a great environment to be a part of. The boys are really buying into the club vision and what we are trying to achieve.” Smith added

“There’s plenty of rugby left to be played and I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to Bristol Bears however I can.”