Barkley leaves with a win

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Olly Barkley was focused on ending his Bath career with a victory

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Olly Barkley was focused on ending his Bath career with a victory

Olly Barkley bid farewell to Bath and he admitted the only thing on his mind was an Aviva Premiership victory over Sale Sharks.

The former England fly-half got his wish, kicking 16 points as Bath saw off Sale 31-10 to keep them stuck at the Premiership basement following five successive defeats.

Barkley, 30, will head to Racing Metro next week and he said: "I am just happy having won four points today. The last thing I wanted today was an unhappy changing room after losing three games on the bounce. That was my main priority."

He added: "Walking across the pitch after the game, the realisation that I won't be doing it again in a Bath jersey is quite sad. But I've had a fantastic time here, and it is time to move on to a new challenge.

"I will leave this place with a heavy heart, but also with a happy one.

"I have watched the Top 14 quite a bit. It is a league that I have admired, and I am looking forward to going there."

Asked whether he felt unfulfilled with a 23-cap England cap career, Barkley added: "The bottom line is that I did not play well enough when I had the opportunity.

"Consistency at international level is key, especially in a playmaking role, and I didn't have that.

"But I enjoyed my time playing for England, and I will look back with far more happy memories than regrets."

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