London Scottish are delighted to announce that Mark Bright will be rejoining the Scots for his second spell with the club ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Bright will make the switch back to The Athletic Ground after two years at Vallis Way with Ealing Trailfinders. This past weekend, in the British and Irish Cup against Bedford Blues, Mark brought up his 50th appearance for the Trailfinders.
Bright will bring his vast experience from his lengthy career to the Scottish pack next season and will be hoping to inspire the Exiles up the Championship ladder.
Bright’s first stint with the Scots started in 2011 and he spent five seasons with Scottish before switching to Ealing. During his five seasons with the club he made 123 appearances and racked up 407 points, including the final conversion of the 2015/16 season against Moseley. Bright’s prolific try-scoring record speaks for itself, he was often amongst the top scorers in the league and amassed a remarkable 28 tries in the 2014/15 season. The Scottish faithful will be hoping he will bring his try scoring prowess again next season.
Last season’s Rugby Players Association Championship Player of the Year was thrilled to be returning to London Scottish. “I am really looking forward to getting back to Scottish where it all began for me in the Championship back in 2011. I’d like to thank everyone at Scottish for this opportunity to come back and play for such a great club. It’s always been about family for me and London Scottish has always been there for Angela, Bailey, Campbell, Declan and myself.”
Bright represented England at 7s at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where he helped them achieve victory in the Plate Final over Wales. He has also been inducted into the London Scottish Hall of Fame in 2016.
Director of Rugby Dave Morris was excited to welcome Bright back to Scottish ahead of next season. “I am delighted that Brighty is returning to the club. London Scottish is a club that means a great deal to Mark, his wife Angela and their three boys (who are part of London Scottish mini/juniors section). It is really important that we have players with that attachment to the club in the environment showing the younger players through their actions what it means to play for London Scottish. Mark’s reputation goes before him. That reputation is built on consistent, streetwise and hard edge performances. Those qualities will be much needed in our pack for next season.”
New Zealand born Bright becomes the first new signing ahead of next season and joins the six players already announced to have re-signed with Scottish ahead of the new campaign.