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Warriors snap up Argentine fly-half Mieres
WARRIORS have signed Exeter’s Argentine fly-half Ignacio Mieres in a move that is set to spell the end of Andy Goode’s Sixways career.
The 25-year-old Pumas international is in the middle of a two-year contract at Sandy Park, but Exeter have agreed to release him after a deal was agreed with Worcester.
Mieres will join fellow new signing Paul Warwick as Warriors’ two fly-halves for next season, with Danny Gray still providing back-up for the number 10 shirt.
However, the capture of the six-cap Argentine play-maker, who has slipped behind Gareth Steenson in the Exeter pecking order this term, means Goode will be surplus to requirements at Sixways next term.
It is believed Goode has been allowed to walk away from Worcester without the two parties even discussing terms on an extension to his three seasons with Warriors.
The former England international will turn 33 in April and it appears he is a victim of Worcester’s new recruitment strategy of looking to sign sub-30 current internationals, with Mieres fitting that bill.
Former Leicester and Brive stand-off Goode became Warriors’ leading points-scorer in the professional era when he moved past Shane Drahm with a 17-point haul in the 33-27 defeat at Sale Sharks in December. He currently has 753 points in 76 appearances for the Blue and Golds.
Born in Buenos Aires, the 6ft 2ins Mieres began his career at the Deportivo Francesa club, before having a brief trial spell with Leicester Tigers, who were then under the guidance of fellow Argentine Marcelo Loffreda.
However, Loffreda was sacked and Mieres opted to move to the French Top 14 to play for Stade Francais, where he remained until 2010 either side of a brief loan stint at Perpignan in 2009.
When the season finished, Mieres was released and went back to Argentina, where he played for Pampas for a couple of months before moving to the Chiefs.
During the 2011/12 season, Mieres was first-choice at Sandy Park and racked up more than 270 points as well as the club’s player-of-the-season award as the Chiefs stormed to Heineken Cup qualification.
Meanwhile, Warriors tighthead Euan Murray has been named in Scotland’s starting line-up for Scotland’s 6 Nations clash with Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday. Fellow Scot Nikki Walker has been released back to Worcester.