Reds winger Luke Stephenson heads home to England

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Reds winger Luke Stephenson returns home to England this week after a season playing for Cambridge in the Lotto NRFL second division.

The 20-year-old was one of three young players who arrived in New Zealand in pre-season, all graduates of the Complete Academy, UK.

While the others returned to the UK early in the season, Stephenson worked hard in the Cambridge reserves.

His breakthrough game came in late June when he scored twice in the reserves’ 4-3 win against Franklin United.

That performance earned him a chance in the first team for whom he scored five times, with gradual improvement on the wing.

He was farewelled by teammates and supporters at the club’s senior prizegiving who presented him with a keepsake shirt.

Stephenson said he was not planning to return to New Zealand for the 2020 season but would keep an open mind about a potential return trip after that.

Main photo: Stephenson with teammates Fraser Nicholls (left) and Patrick Woodlock.