Sturnham's one-year contract with the English knock-out champions expires at the end of the month, so his switch of loyalties will not cost Bath a penny in transfer fees. "It's been the hardest decision of my career to date," said the 24-year-old blind-side specialist. "I've been there since the age of 18 and I've made a lot of friends. But I need regular first-team opportunities if I'm to challenge for a World Cup place next year and with Richard Hill working his way back to fitness, I feared I might be on the sidelines once again."
Given that Saracens inflicted the double over Bath last season, Sturnham's decision might not seem a career move. "Yes, they had a poor domestic season by their standards," he agreed. "But they still finished the campaign as European champions. They'll always be a top side and I'm excited at the prospect of being a part of it all."
Bath have been on the hunt for back-row reinforcements since Dan Lyle, Richard Webster and Nathan Thomas, their Heineken Cup-winning unit, suffered simultaneous injuries during the spring. However, they have yet to locate an open-side specialist of Test calibre, the one glaring weakness in their forward pack.Reuse content