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Jonathan Joseph backs Bath team-mate George Ford to make the right decision

Published 18/11/2016

Jonathan Joseph (left) wants George Ford (right) to consider his own priorities when deciding his Bath future
Jonathan Joseph (left) wants George Ford (right) to consider his own priorities when deciding his Bath future

Jonathan Joseph has urged Bath team-mate George Ford to reflect on his own priorities as he considers his club future.

Ford, who starts England's clash with Fiji on Saturday, is considering his options with reports stating he will leave the Recreation Ground at the end of the season despite being contracted until 2018.

Leicester are favourites to sign the 23-year-old fly-half as Bath attempt to persuade their prized asset he should not follow his father Mike, who was sacked at the end of last season, out of the door.

"George will have his family telling him one thing and coaches telling him another thing," Joseph said.

"Ultimately he's got to do what is right for him and I'm sure he'll make the right decision whatever that may be.

"I don't know the ins and outs of what's going on there but as far as I'm concerned George is at Bath this season and maybe next season as well.

"He's been going fantastically well for us this season, last season, and for however long we've been at the club together.

"He's a great player. He's trained unbelievably well. He always does. He's the ultimate professional and I'm sure he'll do well again against Fiji."

Joseph has been reunited with Ford in England's midfield for the visit of Fiji after making way for Elliot Daly in the 37-21 rout of South Africa - the first time he has been dropped since establishing himself in the 2015 RBS 6 Nations.

"It was a hard one but it was what Eddie thought was best for the team. He picked the team that was best suited to beat South Africa," Joseph said.

"Competition for places is right up at the top where it needs to be. Elliot and myself will push each other all the way for many years to come hopefully.

"I've been given pointers and areas to work on and I feel like I've done that, especially these last two weeks in camp. I'm personally happy with how I am and what I can offer the team still."

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