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RUGBY UNION - Coventry Rugby confirm return of scrum-half Barton

COVENTRY Rugby have confirmed the return of scrum-half Josh Barton on a multi-year deal.

Barton returns to Butts Park Arena after two years in the Premiership with Newcastle Falcons where he made 16 appearances.

The 26-year-old enjoyed a successful two-year spell with Cov from 2020 to 2022, scoring 10 tries in 26 matches, and replaces retirement-bound Will Chudley in the no.9 position.

Barton said: “I loved my time there before and just as I left you could start to feel the energy that was building around the place and what they were wanting to achieve.

“Since then they have just got better and better and it’s been great to watch from afar for the last couple of seasons.

“I always said that my time at Cov wasn’t done and after speaking to Razor (Alex Rae) and hearing the ambition he has for the club it was a no brainer.

“It’s a very competitive team now and there’s big boots to fill with Will Chudley leaving.

“I’m really looking forward to being back with the boys and hopefully playing a key role in the further success of the club.”

Head coach, Alex Rae, added: “As soon as we knew Will was retiring Josh was the first person we wanted to bring in.

“He’s an infectious character who will be hugely popular with players and the fans. His skillset for a no.9 suits exactly how we want to play the game so we see it as a perfect fit.”

Prior to joining Cov, the pacy no.9 spent four years with London Scottish where his performances earned him a place in the 2019/20 Championship team of the season.

His formative years with the Exiles included spells on loan at Chinnor during their National Two winning campaign.

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