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Stephen Bywater

Goalkeeper

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Biography

Date of birth

07/06/1981

Height

188cm

Signed

13/01/2016

Country

England

A highly experienced goalkeeper, Stephen is now in his fourth season with the club having joined the Brewers in January 2016, initially for the remainder of the 2015-16 season following his return from a spell in the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters.

After starting his career with Rochdale, it was at West Ham United that Stephen made his breakthrough having been signed for the Hammers as a 16-year-old by Harry Redknapp for an initial £250,000. Most of his experience was gained through loan spells away from Upton Park; Wycombe Wanderers, Hull City, Coventry City and Derby County providing first team opportunities before Stephen established himself at West Ham, making 68 appearances. He secured a permanent move to Derby County in the summer of 2006. In his first season, he helped the Rams to the Premier League via the play-offs (his second play-off victory) before going on to make over 150 appearances for the club. Loan spells at Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City followed, adding to his career stats prior to a permanent move to Hillsborough. Millwall, Gillingham (loan) and Doncaster Rovers subsequently signed Stephen before his spell on the sub-continent. After making his Brewers debut in the League Cup against Liverpool in August 2016, his chance in the league came later that season, when regular keeper Jon McLaughlin got injured against Birmingham City. Stephen took over, going on to make the number one shirt his own for the following 2017-18 season in the SkyBet Championship. The 2018-19 season saw Stephen fall number two to Chelsea-loanee Bradley Collins after injury early in the season, but he signed a one-year deal to keep him at the Pirelli Stadium until the end of the 2019-20 season.

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