RUGBY: Abendanon keen on fond farewell

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: RUGBY: Abendanon keen on fond farewell RUGBY: Abendanon keen on fond farewell

NICK Abendanon insists no matter what happens between now and the end of the season he will look back on his time at Bath with a smile on his face.

But with two pieces of silverware in his sights the speedster can't help but think he could have the sweetest of goodbyes.

Abendanon will be plying his trade in France next season after agreeing to move to Clermont Auvergne.

But before he goes he has plenty to keep him occupied, with Bath having seen off Aviva Premiership rivals London Wasps to meet Northampton Saints in the Amlin Challenge Cup final.

The two teams have a chance to lay an early marker down as they meet on Friday night, and with Bath flying high domestically as well, Abendanon admits his side will be going all out for victory.

“No matter what happens I can certainly say that I have had a great time at Bath and have really enjoyed my time here,” said Abdendanon, for whom Friday's encounter could be his final match for the club at the Rec.

“So there is no need for me to try and end on a high but having said that I would love nothing more than to end with silverware.

“This is such a great club and is well set up to have success and everyone at the club is determined to get Bath back to the top.

“We have the Amlin Challenge Cup final to look forward to and now we have to make sure we get into the top four.

“Hopefully Exeter Chiefs can do us a favour but we can do it ourselves against Northampton and we could potentially end up facing them three times in four weeks which is exciting.”

Although Bath won't be able to call on Abendanon's services next season they have plenty of exciting young talent in their armoury.

George Ford and Anthony Watson are both up for the Discovery of the Year award and Abendanon can't think of two worthier nominees.

“George Ford is the best fly-half at his age that I have ever seen, he is a 35-year-old in an 18-year-old's body,” he added.

“Anthony Watson has been great for us and he is fast and direct and is a real asset to have at the back.

“Credit to the coaches as they have dealt with them really well and I am excited to see what they can both do on the future.”

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