Scrum-half Baldwin rejoins Blues on loan from Bristol

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Bedford Blues are pleased to announce that scrum-half Luke Baldwin is set to rejoin the club on loan from Bristol until the end of the Greene King IPA Championship season.

Baldwin, 24, spent two and a half seasons with Bedford from 2010 and played a pivotal role in helping the Blues reach the 2012/13 Championship final against Newcastle Falcons.

In December 2013, the former Saracens man agreed a deal with Bristol before making one final appearance in a Blues shirt as Bedford overcame London Welsh – who would go on to win promotion to the Premiership – 28-26 in a thrilling game at Goldington Road.

Baldwin went on to make 25 appearances for Bristol, scoring four tries in the process, but earlier this month he agreed a deal to join promotion rivals Worcester Warriors for the 2015-16 campaign.

As a result he has been allowed to join up with the Bedford Blues squad with immediate effect.

Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “It is a real boost for us to be able to bring a player of Luke’s quality back to Goldington Road, his energy and enthusiasm alone will have an immediate impact on the squad.

“Bristol have been very co-operative in allowing us the opportunity to re-sign Luke with the deadline looming and he’ll add to the competition we have at scrum half.”

Speaking about rejoining the Blues, Baldwin added: “I’m really excited now that I’ve being given a chance to finish this season off with some competitive action and also grateful to Geoff Irvine for initiating this opportunity and in making it happen.

“I have many fond memories of my time at Bedford and I hope that I can bring a smile to people’s faces once again for the remainder of the season.”

Baldwin could feature in the squad that travels to Yorkshire Carnegie on March 8, but his Goldington Road return will have to wait until Friday, March 20 when Bedford Blues welcome Cornish Pirates for ‘Friday Night Lights’.

Tickets for the game are available at a discounted price from www.bedfordrugby.co.uk and the weekend also sees the inaugural Bedford Blues Beer Festival.