Guy Mercer: Bath flanker commits to extended contract

Open-side flanker Guy Mercer has committed to a new contract at Premiership outfit Bath.

The locally-born 23-year-old was promoted from the club's academy set-up for the 2010-2011 season.

Mercer has made 59 first-team appearances to date, including 11 starts this term.

"The environment here is fantastic and is certainly one in which a player will develop. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else," he told the club website. 

Head coach Gary Gold added: "Guy is a very impressive young man. He is Bath born and bred, and he plays and trains as if this club means everything to him.

"We believe he has what it takes to be a major part of this club's future and we are delighted to have extended his contract."