Bedford Blues boss Mike Rayer agrees new deal

Mike Rayer
Rayer's men lost to Worcester in last term's play-off semi-final

Bedford Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer has signed a new two-year deal which keeps the ex-Wales international at Goldington Road until 2013.

The 45-year-old took charge of the Championship side in 2005 and last term led them to a and the British & Irish Cup final.

"There has never been any doubt about my commitment to this club," said the former full-back.

"And I am delighted to extend my stay for another two years."

He added: "During my time at the club I feel that we have made real progress both on and off the field.

"The main factor however in this decision is the support I have received from the chairman who has placed a lot a faith in me and we have a great working relationship.

"We do have our 'healthy' discussions from time to time but that is a good thing and long may that continue. It keeps us on our toes."

Former Wales international Rayer had a stint as a Bedford player, sandwiched in between two spells at Cardiff, where he was also academy chief, before taking up his current role at Goldington Road.

Blues chairman Geoff Irvine added: "I was very happy to secure Mike's services six years ago and even more happy that he is remaining with us for another two years.

"Hopefully this will stop any speculation about his future.

"Both Mike and I believe that we are on a journey with this club which is not yet completed and we have certain goals in mind that we would like to achieve together."