Coventry raid Premiership strugglers for Josh Barton

Coventry Rugby have returned to the future to unveil Josh Barton as an exciting addition to their playing squad on a multi-year deal.

The 26-year-old midfielder spent two highly successful seasons at Potts Park Arena between 2020 and 2022 before being snapped up by Premier League side Newcastle.

During this time, the Millfield School product scored ten tries in his 26 appearances for the Blue and White, one of which won the club's Experience of the Season award.

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After announcing that 2022/23 Supporters' Club Player of the Year Will Chudley had drawn the curtain on his professional career, Cove coach Alex Rae quickly found what he believes is the perfect replacement.

“Once we knew Will was retiring, Josh was the first person we wanted to bring in,” he said.

“He is an infectious personality and will be very popular with players and fans. His skills as a No.9 fit perfectly into the way we want to play the game, so we see him as a perfect fit.

Following his move to England Rugby's top flight, Barton made nine appearances in his first season at Kingston Park before adding a further seven this season.

Prior to joining Cov, the No.9 spent four years with the London Scottish club where his performances earned him a place in the 2019-20 Championship Team of the Season.

His formative years with the Exiles included spells on loan at Chinnor during their winning campaign at the second national level.

Barton described making the decision to return to Potts Park Arena as a “no-brainer”.

“I loved the time I spent there before, and as soon as I left, you could feel the energy that was building around the place and what they wanted to achieve,” he said.

“Since then they have gotten better and better and it has been great to watch them from afar over the last two seasons.

“I've always said my time at the Cove is far from over, and after speaking to Razor (Alex Ray) and hearing his ambition for the club, it was a no brainer.

“They are a very competitive team now and there is a great opportunity to fill in for the departure of Will Chudley.

“I'm really looking forward to being back with the boys and hope to play a key role in bringing further success to the club.”

Further announcements will be made regarding the 2024/25 squad.


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