London Irish full-back James Stokes signs contract extension

James Stokes has played 27 times for the club
James Stokes has played 27 times for the club

London Irish fullback James Stokes becomes the latest player to sign a contract extension with the Gallagher Premiership club.

Stokes started his career at Championship side Nottingham before moving to Cambridge. He was part of Coventry in 2018 before joining London Irish a year later and has gone on to play 27 times for the club since then.

“I absolutely love the place. There is no other Club than London Irish in my eyes,” he told club's official website.

“It’s just a brilliant place to be. So many things make it special; the direction we are going in, the boys, the staff, the training ground, and the supporters. It’s the pinnacle of my career and I’m absolutely chuffed to extend my stay at the Club.”

London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney had high praises for Stokes and is delighted in him committing his future with the club.

"James has been the ultimate professional since he joined the club," he said.

"His ability and willingness to play in different positions, his work-ethic and game understanding are great characteristics to have in our squad and we are delighted that James has extended his time with London Irish."

London Irish finished the 2020/21 season of the Gallagher Premiership at ninth place after managing six wins from 22 games.