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Versatile back Purdy signs contract extension with Bristol Bears

Henry Purdy has signed a two-year contract extension with Bristol Bears.

The 25-year-old joined from Championship side Coventry in January on a short term deal and can play wing, centre or full back.

He had previously played for Gloucester, appearing 82 times for the Cherry and Whites during a five-year tenure at Kingsholm.

He scored against his former club on his full debut for Bristol at Ashton Gate.

“Henry has made a big impression in a short period of time since arriving at Bristol Bears,” said Director of Rugby Pat Lam.

“He came to the club with a desire to establish himself back in the top-flight and we’ve already seen what he is capable of.

“Our vision is about building a world class squad with quality depth in every position.

Henry is an intelligent rugby player who is a real threat across a number of positions.”

Purdy himself says he's "really enjoyed" his short time at the club so far.

"I’m very grateful for the welcome everyone at Bristol has given me," he said.

“It feels like an awesome culture Pat has built here with an outstanding group of players and staff.

“It’s an exciting time to be a Bear, and I’m really looking forward to what’s to come.’’

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