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Finn Russell statement: Fly-half responds to transfer reports

Racing 92 playmaker Finn Russell has responded to reports that he’s on the verge of signing a seven-figure contract with Bath.

According to reports, the Scotland number 10 will become the highest paid player in the English Premiership if he makes the move to the Rec.

It’s been suggested that the Scotland stars three-year deal at the Rec will be worth £1million per year, and that the signing will be confirmed in the coming days.

That would be double what England star Marcus Smith, who has two and half years remaining on his current Wins contract, earns with him taking home wages of £460,000 per season.

Russell willl be the black, blue and whites marquee signing and due to this status his pay can sit outside of the salary cap.

Racing are on the hunt for a new No.10 and Wales’ Gareth Anscombe and Exeter Chiefs Joe Simmonds have been mentioned as a target.

They’ve also previously been linked with a move for All Blacks star Beauden Barrett.

Finn Russell statement:

When asked if he’d be joining Bath next season, Russell said: “No, no the weather’s too bad! La Defense Arena is indoors!

“There’s been a lot of chatter around that. Nothing’s been confirmed but there’s a lot of chat around it.”

Finn Russell facts:

  1. His father played a lot of racket sports, and worked in sports administration, including as Director of Domestic Rugby for the Scottish Rugby Union
  2. After secondary school, he pursued an apprenticeship for three years as a stonemason, in a business owned by a family friend, whilst his rugby developed
  3. Russell has been nicknamed ‘Russell the Muscle’ due to having a somewhat slender build for a modern-day rugby player
  4. Fly-half Russell was capped with the Barbarians against England during the mid-year rugby tests
  5. In 2013 Russell received the John Macphail Scholarship, linked with New Zealand’s Lincoln University


REVEALED: Every Premiership Rugby sides marquee players and their reported salary

We take a look at each Gallagher Premiership clubs marquee player and what they are reportedly earning.

As their clubs marquee player, their salary sits outside of their sides salary cap budget of £5million.

Every Premiership Team’s Marquee Player:

Bath RFC: None (was previously Taulupe Faletau)

Bristol Bears: Charles Piutau – £1,000,000 per season

Exeter Chiefs: Stuart Hogg – £500,000