Van Velze one of four players to join Warriors

Worcester News: Van Velze one of four players to join Warriors Van Velze one of four players to join Warriors

NORTHAMPTON Saints back-rower Gerrit-Jan van Velze has become the latest player to link up with Worcester Warriors for next season.

The experienced 25-year-old South African will move to Sixways after spending two years with last season’s Aviva Premiership runners-up.

He joins Gloucester duo Matt Cox and Ryan Mills and Harlequins winger Sam Smith in committing their futures to Warriors from the summer.

Director of rugby Dean Ryan has also secured the services of Rotherham Titans captain Charlie Mulchrone as well as Joe Rees and Heath Stevens for next term from Ospreys and Plymouth Albion respectively.

Ryan said: “It is fantastic that GJ has decided to join us. He is an experienced Premiership player with strong leadership qualities, who we see as being influential on the pitch as well as joining a strong leadership group to help us build a new culture here at Worcester.”

Van Velze added: “I had a conversation with Dean, during which he explained the challenge ahead.

“It’s a different challenge to the one I’ve had at Northampton but it’s something I’m looking forward to.

“I know Nick Johnston from his time at Northampton so it is clear that players are looked after on and off the pitch and it is an environment which will allow me to grow as a player and a person."

Twenty-four-year-old Mulchrone is predominantly a number nine for the Championship club but can also play at fly-half.

He said: “You only have to visit Sixways Stadium to see the facilities, management and quality of players to realise the environment being created at Worcester.

“Dean's vision for the club going forward is the perfect fit for my ambitions and I am certainly looking forward to being part of it. The opportunity was something I couldn't turn down."

Tighthead Rees, who has made 30 appearances for Ospreys and is a former Wales under 18s and under 20s international, said: “I am looking forward to starting the next part of my career this summer and am excited by the challenge ahead.

“Dean has a clear idea of where he wants Warriors to go over the next few years and I am delighted that I will be part of that.”

Stevens, 24, has appeared in all 13 Championship games for Plymouth this season and is a powerful centre.

He said: “I am over the moon to secure a move to Worcester Warriors and I can’t wait to join up with my new team-mates in the summer."

Warriors chief executive Charles Cameron declared: “The announcement of these four signings is another key development as we look to build for the future and we look forward to welcoming them to the club.”

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9:03am Tue 4 Feb 14

whyme says...

I assume all these new players are aware they'll be playing Championship rugby next season? Unless there are clauses in contracts saying Warriors must remain a premiership side - in which case none of them will be joining!
I assume all these new players are aware they'll be playing Championship rugby next season? Unless there are clauses in contracts saying Warriors must remain a premiership side - in which case none of them will be joining! whyme

2:35pm Tue 4 Feb 14

amvarmalc says...

Still no recognised 10 then! We wont go forward without one!
Still no recognised 10 then! We wont go forward without one! amvarmalc

3:59pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Officer Nordburg says...

amvarmalc wrote:
Still no recognised 10 then! We wont go forward without one!
Ever thought that the club have one lined up but cannot announce it to the end of the season?

Anyone what a signing in Van Velze and 3 up and coming young players as well who have all signed up for next season. All buying into the 5 year plan and all buying into Dean Ryan which says it all. We are starting to assemble a decent squad for next year, regardless of which league we are in.
[quote][p][bold]amvarmalc[/bold] wrote: Still no recognised 10 then! We wont go forward without one![/p][/quote]Ever thought that the club have one lined up but cannot announce it to the end of the season? Anyone what a signing in Van Velze and 3 up and coming young players as well who have all signed up for next season. All buying into the 5 year plan and all buying into Dean Ryan which says it all. We are starting to assemble a decent squad for next year, regardless of which league we are in. Officer Nordburg

6:25pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

whyme wrote:
I assume all these new players are aware they'll be playing Championship rugby next season? Unless there are clauses in contracts saying Warriors must remain a premiership side - in which case none of them will be joining!
I can't imagine that any of them are unaware of our current postition or the rules regarding relegation, so your first question seems rather pointless.

When we were relegated last time it was cofirmed that the standard player contract did not include any sort of a "relegation clause" per an agreement between PRL and RPA. So far as I am aware that has not changed.
[quote][p][bold]whyme[/bold] wrote: I assume all these new players are aware they'll be playing Championship rugby next season? Unless there are clauses in contracts saying Warriors must remain a premiership side - in which case none of them will be joining![/p][/quote]I can't imagine that any of them are unaware of our current postition or the rules regarding relegation, so your first question seems rather pointless. When we were relegated last time it was cofirmed that the standard player contract did not include any sort of a "relegation clause" per an agreement between PRL and RPA. So far as I am aware that has not changed. Brummagem Bertie
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