George Ford activates release clause for potential Bath departure

  • George Ford reportedly triggers clause to opt out final year of his contract
  • England fly-half left unsettled by recent and abrupt departure of his father
  • Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints a favourites to sign Ford
George Ford’s future at Bath is once again the subject of feverish speculation following reports that the England fly-half has activated a clause to opt out of the final year of his contract.

The 23-year-old has reportedly opted out of the final year of his contract, which means he can be considered a free agent at the end of this season.

Bath Chairman Bruce Craig told the Times: ‘There are lots of different pieces to this. There are other things that need to be applied. It is in our hands whether we let him go or not.

‘There is a contract in place until the end of next season. He can’t leave at the end of this season unless the club says he can. It is in our remit whether we let him go or not.’

Leicester Tigers have reportedly made enquiries about taking him back to the East Midlands while Northampton Saints also remain heavily linked. Worcester and Sale have also reportedly made lucrative bids for the playmaker’s services.


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