Josh McNally is excited about his future with Bath Rugby, as he embarks on his first pre-season with the Club.
The 28 year-old completed his move to the West Country at the end of the season after helping guide London Irish back to the top flight at the first time of asking. With his first week under his belt, McNally is determined to help Bath push on as focus turns to the 2019/20 campaign.
McNally said: “It (the first week) has been good - pretty tough but it is always tough in the first week of pre-season and blowing the cob-webs out. Hoops has come in as DoR and there has been a lot of meetings about the ambition of this Club. Everyone has that hungry drive to push forward through pre-season, so it has been good.
“Bath is a Club that is on the precipice of going over into new ambitions and we can really push on now to be not just a top six side, but to push on to greater honours. It just feels like a Club that are hungry to prove more.”
McNally is no stranger to the Rec having played for Irish in the final game of the 2017/18 season. Now on the other side of the fence, he admits that he is relishing the prospect of lining up in front of the Blue, Black and White faithful in October.
“I remember two seasons ago walking through Bath ready to play and the whole City is rugby mad. There seems to be no greater club in the country that has that sort of following. To be able to pull on a Bath Rugby shirt and run out at the Rec, I don’t think there are many other places that I would rather be and that was a major factor of me coming here.”
With a debut in the waiting, it will also be a first taster of Heineken Champions Cup rugby for McNally with Clermont Auvergne, Ulster and Harlequins awaiting Bath Rugby in the pool stages.
“It’s massive (to be in the Heineken Champions Cup). I haven’t played in the Champions Cup before so to come here and have that opportunity with a good strong good, all of the groups are massively competitive and that is where we want to be as a club and compete on that bigger stage so it is another competition to be massively hungry about and really try and prove ourselves."