Transfer News: Bath trio sign contract extensions
Josh Bayliss, Tom Ellis, and Elliott Stooke have all signed new contracts with Aviva Premiership side Bath.
Flanker Ellis and second-row Stooke have stepped up from the club’s academy into the senior ranks over the last couple of seasons and they will be joined in 2018 by England U20 international Bayliss, another back-row star in the making.
Bayliss has impressed in limited first-team exposure this season and is looking forward to stepping up to the senior ranks next year, with the 20-year-old saying: “I’ve learnt a huge amount in my time with Bath so far.
“The coaches really put faith in you as a young player to go out and perform. We have the coaches’ full backing, and that belief really helps you focus on learning and performing to the best of your ability.
“I know this is absolutely the best place for me to grow as a player. I’ve got some world-class players to look up to and learn from in the likes of Francois Louw, Matt Garvey and Taulupe Faletau.
Meanwhile, Stooke, who was linked with a move to Bristol, added: “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.”