Thursday, July 20, 2017
Mike Delany has returned from England to play for the Bay of Plenty Steamers in the upcoming Mitre 10 Cup season. Delany is excited about his return to play under Coach Clayton McMillan.
Delany has recently returned from England where he was playing for the Newcastle Falcons in the English Aviva Premiership. Delany is a versatile playmaker, providing strength on attack and accuracy with the boot. Having clocked up over 60 caps for the Bay of Plenty Steamers, the 35 year old first five eight brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Bay of Plenty side. In a career spanning over a decade Delany has previously played Super Rugby for both the Highlanders and the Chiefs prior to heading overseas to play for Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights, French Club Clermont Auvergne and the Newcastle Falcons.
Delany excited to be back on home soil commented, “It is great to be back, it has only been a couple of days now, but I am loving being back home.”
“My family and I had thought long and hard about when would be the right time to come back to New Zealand and when this opportunity came up with Bay of Plenty Rugby, it just felt like something we couldn’t pass up,” said Delany.
Delany finished, “We were fortunate enough that the Newcastle Falcons granted me early release, so after six seasons or so overseas I’m excited and motivated to return to play for the Bay, it is where I started and it is home for us.”
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union CEO said, “To have Mike returning home to play for the Bay this coming Mitre 10 Cup season is great not just for the team but the community as well. He will bring with him a vast amount of experience and will no doubt slot in with the team around him and we suspect he will be a crowd favourite as he once was.”
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union’s Director of Rugby and Steamers Head Coach Clayton McMillan said, “Mike brings a vast amount of experience to the team through his time overseas and having previously played here when he was an integral member of a successful Steamers outfit. That success culminated in his selection as an All Black has opened doors for the fantastic opportunities he has experienced since.”
McMillan further comments, “He has added value wherever he has gone and we are confident he will bring the experience, professionalism, and game management ability that will allow our exciting group to flourish, and provide fantastic mentoring to some special talent we have coming through our Academy ranks.”
Mike Delany Playing History:
Bay of Plenty Steamers (2005 – 2010) Caps: 61
All Blacks (2009) Cap: 1 Debut: November 15, v Italy, San Siro Stadium, Milan
Super Rugby: Highlanders (2007, 2012) + Chiefs (2009 – 2011)
Japan Top League: Panasonic Wild Knights (2011 – 2013)
French Top 14: Clermont Auvergne (2013 – 2015)
Aviva Premiership: Newcastle Falcons (2015 – 2017)