Stephenson stays on at Bath

Bath utility back Michael Stephenson has signed a new contract that will keep him at the Rec for another three seasons.

The 26-year-old has already scored seven tries this season, including a hat-trick against Connacht in January in the European Challenge Cup, and has made 37 appearances in total for the club, either at wing or full-back.

Stephenson joined the club from Newcastle Falcons in 2005, but his debut was delayed by his having broken his leg towards the end of his time with the north-eastern side. He required the insertion of a pin in his leg, and admits that it took a while for him to recover his confidence.

“I think this season so far has been a lot more positive for me than my first year,” Stephenson said.

“I don’t really feel that I’ve shown what I can do over a long period of time so this contract is an opportunity to do that.”

It also reflects his optimism and happiness with Bath as a club and a city.

“It feels like we are building things here at Bath,” Stephenson continued.

“We have settled here and that was a big factor in committing for three years. You have to base your decision on the balance of rugby and of the area, and Bath ticked both boxes.”

As well as his all-round footballing skills, Stephenson has a surprising turn of pace, and his try-scoring this season is just one indication of his return to form.

“The number of tries that Michael has scored recently is a reflection of his progress throughout the course of the year, and I am looking forward to his continuing to improve and develop in the next few seasons at Bath,” said bath coach Steve Meehan.

365 Digital

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