Bath confirms the exit of Alex Gray, their American football bet


Bath has confirmed that former NFL player Alex Gray left them out of season after making just six appearances during his one-season stint at the Gallagher Premiership club. It was in November when Stuart Hooper signed the tight end from the Atlanta Falcons, a former England Sevens player who had previously played for Yorkshire Carnegie, London Irish and Newcastle.

The 30-year-old had ended his rugby career to see if he could be successful as an American footballer in the NFL, but after three years on the Falcons’ training team he returned to England to give rugby a second chance.

He then made his debut against Sale in February before making four more Premiership appearances, as well as playing against the London Irish in the Challenge Cup. However, his short-term contract was not renewed.

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A statement from Bath read: “With England internationals Anthony Watson, Ruaridh McConnochie, Joe Cokanasiga and Semesa Rokoduguni able to play on the wing, alongside 2020/21 revolutionary player of the year Will Muir and local trio Gabriel Hamer -Webb, Gabe Goss and Darren Atkins, playing time would have been limited for Gray over the next season.

“Everyone in Bath wishes Alex the best of luck in his next challenge. When it comes to Rec entries, Bath has the ability to bring additional players to the squad for the 2021/22 season and the club are working hard to do just that.

Boss Hooper added: “Alex was fantastic to have at the club and he deserved the appearances he made at the end of the season. It was good to have him around, but with the team strong in this area, there was no position for him this season. We wish him all the best in his next challenge.

It was in 2016 when Gray put his rugby career on hold to pursue his NFL dream. After advancing through the NFL International Player Course program in Florida, he was drafted by Atlanta and had been part of their practice squad. Standing at 6ft 4in and weighing 113kg when he joined, Bath hoped Gray would make “an exciting point of difference after being carefully screened through a rigorous recruiting process.”

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