It's nearly here!! Pre-season friendlies eeking ever closer ready to wet our appetites for the Avia Premiership and a new beginning for the Blue, Black and White.
London Welsh showing they're ready for the offing after demonstrating a powerful display in the JP Morgan 7's qualifying round. So the anticipation of their arrival as a fully fledged top flight team is now building. The game lined up for the 11th August the day after the release of the new strip so bring on the band of Blue, Black and white peacocks proudly displaying their new plumage.
New coaching regime- check, new kit- check, pre-season fixtures- check, pre-season training- check now just one more announcement remaining........ Who will be captain fantastic to lead the army marching to an impending glory?
There must of been an air of disappointment for last year's club captain Stuart Hooper who due to a list of injuries only managed 13 performances for Bath. A strong force on and off the field Hoops led by example by always putting his body on the line, sadly this led to the injuries and having to watch the majority of the season from the sidelines. A strong contender for a second and hopefully more successful term as captain. Could Hooper prove himself to Gary Gold and demonstrate he's a worthy candidate?
The strong favourite amongst the pundits and supporters is one of Bath's stand out players of last season Mr François Louw. Louw who acted as Hooper's stand in during his absentees displayed his true leadership quality. Since joining Bath Louw has worked his way into the hearts of the fans with his ability and passion he's projects on the field.
Another potential applicant for the captaincy is another of Hooper's stand ins, a firm favourite with the supporters- Lee Mears. Mearsy considered as a legend of the Rec potentially could be in the running. Now his international boots have been hung up aims to concentrate on aiding Bath in earning some silverware. No international call ups to contend with means 100% dedication to lead the squad and discover their potential. A downside for the appointment of Mearsy is with the newly signed Webber who has now taken up Mearsy's role in the EPS. With Webber's introduction to the squad would hamper Mears from a list of first team stars for the season.
But who else could be in the line up......Abendanon, Claasens, Banahan or even Barkley? I'm sure over the next week or so we will find out and with the announcement the final piece of the jigsaw will be pushed into place and realising the anticipation for the new campaign is nearly at a climax.