Elliott Stooke has put pen to paper on new deal with Bath rugby, extending his two-year stay at Bath by another year up to 2019.
The impressive second row is closing in on 50 appearances in the Blue, Black and White in under two seasons with the Club. His prowess at the set piece and dynamism around the field have made him a key member of Todd Blackadder’s squad, and, at just 24, the best years for the England Saxons lock are all ahead of him.
Stooke, who admitted there was interest from other clubs for his signature, said: “I’m really happy to be staying at Bath. There’s a lot of emphasis placed on developing us as individual players as well as a team, and you know that you’ll be given the opportunity if you get your head down and work hard. I’m still relatively young, and definitely have more to give, and I’m in the right place to make sure that I can do that.”
Speaking about the news that the young Bath trio of Stooke, Tom Elliss and Simon Bayliss have extended their contracts, Director of Rugby Blackadder, commented: “We’re obviously delighted that Josh, Tom and Elliott have agreed to stay at the Club. All three of them are very talented young players who, importantly, have a fantastic attitude to taking us forward in the coming seasons.
“Building and evolving the squad is a real focus for us – we want to have a really strong combination of talented youngsters and world-class experienced guys, and these re-signings are all evidence of that and fit into the Club’s ethos. We’re looking forward to working with them all and helping them continue to develop over the coming seasons.”