Bath Rugby have confirmed that Josh Bayliss, Tom Ellis and Elliot Stooke have all signed contract extensions with the club.
20 year old, former Millfield School student, Bayliss will make the step into the senior squad for the 2018/19 season. Having made his Aviva Premiership debut in November against London Irish, Bayliss looks to continue his exciting progress.
Speaking to BathRugby.com Bayliss said: “I’ve learnt a huge amount in my time with Bath so far, and I know this is absolutely the best place for me to grow as a player,” said Bayliss. “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, and 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.”
Another former Millfield School student, Tom Ellis has also agreed an extension. While Ellis is yet to make an appearance for Bath this season due to injury, his performances last season earned him a call up to the England side in the summer.
On signing his contract, Ellis said: “It’s been a frustrating season for me so far being injured, but I’ve been working hard in rehab and the physios and strength and conditioning coaches have been great. I didn’t really think twice about renewing my contract here – I love the environment at Bath. Like most players, I have ambitions to play for my country, and I know being here will help me achieve those.”
Former Gloucester Rugby second row, Elliot Stooke concludes three successful contract extensions for Bath. The 24 year old has become a key player for Todd Blackadder’s squad and will now continue his development with Bath.
Stooke 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.”