Bath scrum-half Chris Cook considers loan spell

Chris Cook
Cook will represent England U-20s at the World Championships in Italy

Bath scrum-half Chris Cook says he is prepared to spend time away from the club in order to secure more time in the number nine shirt.

The 20-year-old is currently third choice behind Michael Claassens and Mark McMillian and has not ruled out getting experience elsewhere.

"If needs be I'd be happy to go on loan if that's what I need to do to improve my game," Cook told BBC Radio Bristol.

"My brother plays at London Welsh so I wouldn't mind a spell there."

But the England Under-20 international is hoping under Sir Ian McGeechan he might be able move up the pecking order.

"This season I'd love to push for this number two spot and I've got to keep working hard," said Cook.

"There's been a change in the management so I've got to work with the new coach which might help me out."

And the former British and Irish Lions coach did not take long to make an impression on the aspiring scrum-half.

"Within the first week [of McGeechan arriving] he knew all our names, all our strengths and weaknesses so obviously I'd like to work a lot with him.

"He loves coming over to the academy boys and helping us out.

"He'll always stay behind and do the extras with us, he's really brilliant."

But whatever the short-term future holds for Cook he is unwavering in his desire to play for his hometown club.

"I'd like to stay at Bath as we've got a great bunch of young guys and we're really tight," he added.

"It's a dream come true and all I've ever wanted to do is play for them.

"It's not a bad way to wake up every morning and put on that training shirt."