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Worcester Warriors quartet sign new contracts
1:42pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 in Sport
FOUR key members of the Worcester Warriors pack have committed their futures to the Sixways club.
Hooker Ed Shervington, prop George Porter and back row duo Sam Betty and Richard de Carpentier have all put pen to paper on new contracts.
The four forwards join Jonny Arr, Chris Pennell and Josh Drauniniu who have also recently pledged their playing futures to Warriors.
All-action front row Shervington, who has been capped by Wales at under 21 level, joined Warriors in 2010 from Ospreys.
He has become an established member of the senior set-up, making 55 appearances in all competitions and scoring four tries.
“Ed has really progressed since he has been at Sixways and proven himself to be a genuine first-team hooker in the Premiership,” said head coach Richard Hill.
“He works so hard you have to drag him out of the gym as he would be in there all day and all night. He compliments Aleki Lutui with his style of game and is very strong in the set-piece so we are excited that he has committed his future to us.”
Dynamic flanker Betty, who can operate at both openside or blindside, has been a revelation for Warriors since making the step up from Cornish Pirates in 2011.
Betty’s first season saw him pick up the players' player of the year award at the club and the no-nonsense forward has since gone on to make 43 appearances for Warriors.
“Sam has made the transition up from the Championship, which is not an easy thing to do for a forward, and been fantastic for us,” said Hill, who regularly deploys Betty as one of the club’s defensive captains.
“He is regarded as one of the best defensive back row forwards in the Aviva Premiership and is a hard man who will do anything for this club. He is also developing his attacking game which is very encouraging.”
Loosehead prop Porter, who joined Warriors from Plymouth Albion, has also signed new terms to continue his development at Sixways.
“We see George as an athletic and mobile loosehead who suits the fast game we want to play,” commented Hill.
“He has a big future in the game and has been unlucky with a shoulder injury this season that has restricted the amount of time we have seen him in action. But we have seen more than enough to convince us he has a bright future at Warriors.”
Young back row prospect De Carpentier will also remain at the club.
The former Leicester Tigers player moved to Warriors in October and has been rewarded for his performances on the training field and in cup action with a contract extension.
“Richard’s attitude is excellent. He is really dedicated, hard-working and wants to improve himself all the time,” added Hill.
“He has been unfortunate that he has had to bide his time for opportunities, but he made a very impressive display against London Irish at the weekend to show the talent we know he has. He is one of the younger members of the squad and a very exciting English talent for us to work with.”