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Dale Stephens

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

12/06/1989

Height

169 cm

Signed

30/01/2014

Country

England

A look at the central midfielder's career.

Arriving at Albion in January 2014, Dale Stephens joined for an undisclosed fee from Championship rivals, Charlton.

Originally from Bolton, the midfielder began his career with Bury before joining Oldham in 2008. Subsequent loan spells with Rochdale and Southampton followed as Stephens notched up 73 appearances during his time with Latics, finding the back of the net 12 times.

A move to Charlton followed and the midfielder was a key part of their 2011/12 League One-winning squad. Making 90 appearances during his spell at The Valley, Stephens also chipped in with 11 goals including a memorable goal-of-the-season contender against Bury in his first year with the club.

The midfielder opened his Albion account with a late header at Ewood Park in a 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers and also found the net in style during the 1-1 draw with Blackpool at the Amex. However, Stephens’ 2013/14 season was brought to a premature end through injury and the midfielder didn’t feature again for nine months, returning in February 2015 away at Cardiff City.

After his return from long-term injury, Stephens re-established himself in the first team, making 16 appearances and scoring two goals during the 2014/15 run-in, helping the side secure Championship safety.

Stephens missed just one league game for the Seagulls during the 2015/16 campaign and scored the equalising goal in the club's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough on the final day of the season.

The midfielder has continued to give his all in the centre of the park, and scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the DW stadium in October - en route to securing promotion to the Premier League with the Seagulls.

Days after the final game of the 2016/17 season, Stephens penned a new four-year-deal with the club, as he committed his long-term future ahead of their first season in the Premier League.

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