Grove commits to future at Sixways

Worcester News: ALEX GROVE: New deal at Sixways. ALEX GROVE: New deal at Sixways.

ALEX Grove has joined Chris Pennell in committing his future to Worcester Warriors by signing a contract extension.

The 26-year-old centre has prolonged his stay at Sixways just weeks after full-back Pennell agreed a deal until June 2017.

With the club rooted to the bottom of the Aviva Premiership, it is a boost to director of rugby Dean Ryan as he bids to revive Warriors’ long-term fortunes.

Grove, capped three times by Scotland, said: “The club has clearly shown its intent by the people recruited behind the scenes.

“The foundations are now in place and I want to be part of things when we ultimately move up the table.

“The club has really shaken things up and that’s what we’ve needed.

“In the next three or four years I believe that it is achievable to become one of the top sides in the Premiership.”

Grove, who has made eight appearances this season, scoring two tries, made his Warriors debut against Newport Gwent Dragons in 2006 after progressing through the club’s academy.

He has gone on to be a consistent performer in the Warriors back-line and made his 100th appearance for the club against Sale Sharks last December.

Director of rugby Ryan added: “I am delighted that Alex has chosen to commit to the club at a time when we are building for the future.

“We are looking to bring long-term success to this club and to achieve that we must ensure our best players want to be part of our journey.

“Alex embodies the type of player that will help us achieve our vision and this announcement is a great endorsement to the work everybody is putting in.”

Chief executive Charles Cameron said: “Alex has become a key player at Sixways over the last five years and clearly believes we will achieve success going forward.

“Having come through the academy, he has a great attachment to this club and, as more young players follow his pathway to the first team, his presence will continue to be vital in helping this club move in the right direction.”

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9:27am Tue 17 Dec 13

WS1991 says...

''In the next three or four years I believe that it is achievable to become one of the top sides in the Premiership''.

No with Grove at centre it isn't. Average at best.
''In the next three or four years I believe that it is achievable to become one of the top sides in the Premiership''. No with Grove at centre it isn't. Average at best. WS1991

12:11pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Brummagem Bertie says...

Dean Ryan seems to disagree with you, WS1991. Why don't you come to the next talk night and tell him where he's going wrong?
Dean Ryan seems to disagree with you, WS1991. Why don't you come to the next talk night and tell him where he's going wrong? Brummagem Bertie

3:02pm Tue 17 Dec 13

WS1991 says...

Because my opinion, rightly so, won't change what he thinks. That doesn't mean I'm not allowed an opinion. If you honestly think we will be a top 4 team in the next 3/4 years with players like Grove, you are IMO deluded. Very committed, very loyal and probably a brilliant bloke.... But wouldn't get in any of the top 6/7 prem teams match day 23. Not even sure he'd get in any other prem team starting 15 to be honest.

It's quite interesting that Grove wasn't anywhere near Scotland's squad when DR was involved (albeit as a forwards coach).
Because my opinion, rightly so, won't change what he thinks. That doesn't mean I'm not allowed an opinion. If you honestly think we will be a top 4 team in the next 3/4 years with players like Grove, you are IMO deluded. Very committed, very loyal and probably a brilliant bloke.... But wouldn't get in any of the top 6/7 prem teams match day 23. Not even sure he'd get in any other prem team starting 15 to be honest. It's quite interesting that Grove wasn't anywhere near Scotland's squad when DR was involved (albeit as a forwards coach). WS1991

4:33pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Officer Nordburg says...

WS1991 wrote:
Because my opinion, rightly so, won't change what he thinks. That doesn't mean I'm not allowed an opinion. If you honestly think we will be a top 4 team in the next 3/4 years with players like Grove, you are IMO deluded. Very committed, very loyal and probably a brilliant bloke.... But wouldn't get in any of the top 6/7 prem teams match day 23. Not even sure he'd get in any other prem team starting 15 to be honest.

It's quite interesting that Grove wasn't anywhere near Scotland's squad when DR was involved (albeit as a forwards coach).
One of the best defensive 13's in the league. Great to see him buy into the vision for the club. I see no reason why we cannot be top 6 in 4 seasons time.
[quote][p][bold]WS1991[/bold] wrote: Because my opinion, rightly so, won't change what he thinks. That doesn't mean I'm not allowed an opinion. If you honestly think we will be a top 4 team in the next 3/4 years with players like Grove, you are IMO deluded. Very committed, very loyal and probably a brilliant bloke.... But wouldn't get in any of the top 6/7 prem teams match day 23. Not even sure he'd get in any other prem team starting 15 to be honest. It's quite interesting that Grove wasn't anywhere near Scotland's squad when DR was involved (albeit as a forwards coach).[/p][/quote]One of the best defensive 13's in the league. Great to see him buy into the vision for the club. I see no reason why we cannot be top 6 in 4 seasons time. Officer Nordburg

4:53pm Tue 17 Dec 13

zx12r says...

You are right WS19991, Grove & Pennell are at best average Prem' players, they will, at times have a good game & both when fit will always make the first team, the main reason being we ain't got anyone else.
Bertie & his ilk totally ignore the fact that our club sit proudly at the foot of the table some 10 points adrift of the second bottom team with nearly half the season gone, & that's with these two 'so-called' brilliant players.
Better the devil you know ie' nice fat pay packets than the other you don't ie' their agents telling them sign for Worcester cos' no-one else wants you.
You are right WS19991, Grove & Pennell are at best average Prem' players, they will, at times have a good game & both when fit will always make the first team, the main reason being we ain't got anyone else. Bertie & his ilk totally ignore the fact that our club sit proudly at the foot of the table some 10 points adrift of the second bottom team with nearly half the season gone, & that's with these two 'so-called' brilliant players. Better the devil you know ie' nice fat pay packets than the other you don't ie' their agents telling them sign for Worcester cos' no-one else wants you. zx12r

4:56pm Tue 17 Dec 13

RPipey says...

WS1991 wrote:
''In the next three or four years I believe that it is achievable to become one of the top sides in the Premiership''.

No with Grove at centre it isn't. Average at best.
Dean Ryan's whole philosophy is to develop the talent that we currently have within the squad. With the coaches now involved at the club and with strength and fitness now finally being addressed, "Average" may prove to be a very good starting point. I happen to believe that Alex is already far better than many premiership centers and will only get better.
[quote][p][bold]WS1991[/bold] wrote: ''In the next three or four years I believe that it is achievable to become one of the top sides in the Premiership''. No with Grove at centre it isn't. Average at best.[/p][/quote]Dean Ryan's whole philosophy is to develop the talent that we currently have within the squad. With the coaches now involved at the club and with strength and fitness now finally being addressed, "Average" may prove to be a very good starting point. I happen to believe that Alex is already far better than many premiership centers and will only get better. RPipey

8:51am Wed 18 Dec 13

Officer Nordburg says...

zx12r wrote:
You are right WS19991, Grove & Pennell are at best average Prem' players, they will, at times have a good game & both when fit will always make the first team, the main reason being we ain't got anyone else.
Bertie & his ilk totally ignore the fact that our club sit proudly at the foot of the table some 10 points adrift of the second bottom team with nearly half the season gone, & that's with these two 'so-called' brilliant players.
Better the devil you know ie' nice fat pay packets than the other you don't ie' their agents telling them sign for Worcester cos' no-one else wants you.
I have no argument that many of our players are pretty poor. However I do believe that Arr, Pennell and Grove, Percival, Murray, Jon Thomas, Williams and the Argentina quartet are of a good enough standard to get us up the league if we can add players of a similar ability or better.
[quote][p][bold]zx12r[/bold] wrote: You are right WS19991, Grove & Pennell are at best average Prem' players, they will, at times have a good game & both when fit will always make the first team, the main reason being we ain't got anyone else. Bertie & his ilk totally ignore the fact that our club sit proudly at the foot of the table some 10 points adrift of the second bottom team with nearly half the season gone, & that's with these two 'so-called' brilliant players. Better the devil you know ie' nice fat pay packets than the other you don't ie' their agents telling them sign for Worcester cos' no-one else wants you.[/p][/quote]I have no argument that many of our players are pretty poor. However I do believe that Arr, Pennell and Grove, Percival, Murray, Jon Thomas, Williams and the Argentina quartet are of a good enough standard to get us up the league if we can add players of a similar ability or better. Officer Nordburg

11:20am Wed 18 Dec 13

dulon says...

Ryans biggest issue will be to sustain morale , good players or indifferent they all need a lift to get the best out of them its a psychological issue .
The players that are there can do it they just need to focus and get their brain right . Sometimes the sum of the parts comes to more than the individual amounts added up to .
Its called team work, I always hark back to the days of Brian Clough with his disparate group beating the european greats because they would die for each other and Cloughie . Remember when they beat Keegans Hamburg reputedly on £25000 per man bonus Cloughs lot on £8000 bonus . Cloughs lot won ! Its all in the mind .....
Ryans biggest issue will be to sustain morale , good players or indifferent they all need a lift to get the best out of them its a psychological issue . The players that are there can do it they just need to focus and get their brain right . Sometimes the sum of the parts comes to more than the individual amounts added up to . Its called team work, I always hark back to the days of Brian Clough with his disparate group beating the european greats because they would die for each other and Cloughie . Remember when they beat Keegans Hamburg reputedly on £25000 per man bonus Cloughs lot on £8000 bonus . Cloughs lot won ! Its all in the mind ..... dulon

2:48pm Wed 18 Dec 13

zx12r says...

Please, can someone tell me who are we going to beat in this move up the table. Gloucester, at what will be a baiting pit. Sarries' who will be far too good for us, then it's the new monied Irish away.
Sorry I can't see us winning any of these & they need to win at least two of them, otherwise it will be curtains & then even the Bertie's of this world will have to come out of their denial.
Please, can someone tell me who are we going to beat in this move up the table. Gloucester, at what will be a baiting pit. Sarries' who will be far too good for us, then it's the new monied Irish away. Sorry I can't see us winning any of these & they need to win at least two of them, otherwise it will be curtains & then even the Bertie's of this world will have to come out of their denial. zx12r

11:21pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Brummagem Bertie says...

WS1991 wrote:
Because my opinion, rightly so, won't change what he thinks. That doesn't mean I'm not allowed an opinion. If you honestly think we will be a top 4 team in the next 3/4 years with players like Grove, you are IMO deluded. Very committed, very loyal and probably a brilliant bloke.... But wouldn't get in any of the top 6/7 prem teams match day 23. Not even sure he'd get in any other prem team starting 15 to be honest.

It's quite interesting that Grove wasn't anywhere near Scotland's squad when DR was involved (albeit as a forwards coach).
Well, Dean Ryan seems to think that Alex is a part of turning Warriors into a top 6 team, so presumably he's deluded too.

I'm not sure what point you are trying to make about Alex and the Scotland team. Dean wasn't involved in selecting the Scottish squad, not even the forwards. He wasn't even coming to Worcester at that point in time.

And I never said that you weren't allowed an opinion, merely that I would like to watch you tell it to Dean - who knows, he might be able to change your mind?

zx, I see you're making things up again! Where have I ever ignored the fact that we are bottom of the table or been in denial about our position? I have consistently said that relegation this season is a very real possibility.
[quote][p][bold]WS1991[/bold] wrote: Because my opinion, rightly so, won't change what he thinks. That doesn't mean I'm not allowed an opinion. If you honestly think we will be a top 4 team in the next 3/4 years with players like Grove, you are IMO deluded. Very committed, very loyal and probably a brilliant bloke.... But wouldn't get in any of the top 6/7 prem teams match day 23. Not even sure he'd get in any other prem team starting 15 to be honest. It's quite interesting that Grove wasn't anywhere near Scotland's squad when DR was involved (albeit as a forwards coach).[/p][/quote]Well, Dean Ryan seems to think that Alex is a part of turning Warriors into a top 6 team, so presumably he's deluded too. I'm not sure what point you are trying to make about Alex and the Scotland team. Dean wasn't involved in selecting the Scottish squad, not even the forwards. He wasn't even coming to Worcester at that point in time. And I never said that you weren't allowed an opinion, merely that I would like to watch you tell it to Dean - who knows, he might be able to change your mind? zx, I see you're making things up again! Where have I ever ignored the fact that we are bottom of the table or been in denial about our position? I have consistently said that relegation this season is a very real possibility. Brummagem Bertie

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