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Grove commits to future at Sixways
6:00am Tuesday 17th December 2013 in Sport
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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