Clifton College fly half Jac Lloyd will sign professional terms with the Bristol Bears Senior Academy ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Jac is the younger brother of Bears star, and rising Welsh star, Ioan, who was also a Clifton College pupil.
In the two Lloyd brothers and Callum Sheedy, Bristol Bears will now have three exceptionally talented young Welsh-qualified fly half options.
Speaking to www.bristolbearsrugby.com Director of Rugby Pat Lam said of Jac: “Jac is a fly half with great potential who perfectly fits the club’s long-term plan and vision for homegrown players. The focus for Jac now will be to continue to grow and develop in all areas on and off the field, which will enable him to compete and add values to the Bears. If he consistently puts in the hard work, I believe the rugby programme and our team culture at the Bears High Performance Centre will provide hi mwit the best possible chance to achieve his dreams.”
Lloyd’s signing is a further cementing of the partnership between Bristol Bears and Clifton College, a partnership that is already appearing to bear fruit, with the likes of Harry Ascherl coming through the Clifton College ranks last year.
Lloyd had been training with the senior side recently, with Tiff Eden the only available senior fly half, and has been with the Bears since U15s, as well as being involved in the Wales U18 set up.
In an interview with Clifton College, Jac spoke of his time training with the Bears’ senior squad, saying:
“Training with the Bears has been absolutely amazing and so much fun. Obviously it’s weird seeing my mates go back to school after so long online and not being able to see them for ages but, in all honesty, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than training right now.”
“Training itself is hard because the step up is enormous both physically and mentally. There’s been loads of information to process and learn which is hard enough in itself, but then putting that information into practice against the best players in the Premiership is another thing. Having Ioan there has been a major help because he’s a familiar face to ask questions to and has, most importantly, made involving myself as much as possible far easier.”
With Jac just 18 and Ioan still only 19, the future for both Bristol Bears and Wales is looking very bright indeed.
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