SOUTH African centre Wynand Olivier has called Worcester Warriors a “great place to be” and wants to sign a new deal at the club.
Olivier’s current contract expires in the summer but he is talking to the Sixways outfit and hoping to put pen to paper in the next three weeks.
Olivier joined Worcester from French side Montpellier in October 2015 and has bagged 11 tries in 39 appearances for the Aviva Premiership side.
He came off the bench against Bath last weekend and made an immediate impact with a try in Warriors’ 25-19 win which helped safeguard their top tier status.
“The pressure is off a little bit and I want to play well,” said Olivier, who turns 34 years old in June.
“There are still a couple of conversations going on and two and a half weeks before we leave for the break and hopefully we can sort something before then.
“I definitely want to stay. It’s a great place to be now. We’ve had our ups and downs over the last 15 months but the boys are really enjoying it.
“There is a lot of camaraderie in the team and the boys want to be here, win for each other, and play for each other which is brilliant.
“It’s a great environment so if possible being involved for another season would be brilliant.”
Olivier has played 38 Tests for the Springboks and admits he has enjoyed this season “more than any other” in his career.
He has played 21 times for Warriors this term, scoring eight tries.
He is enjoying playing alongside his close friend Francois Hougaard.
Last season, Olivier notched three tries in 18 appearances in his maiden campaign with Worcester.
“For some reason, I’ve enjoyed this season more than any other,” said Olivier.
“I can’t really say why but perhaps I am a little bit older and I can see players developing andwhere the club is going.
“There are a lot of great prospects and just being involved in something like this is a great thing. It plays a massive part in helping me enjoy my rugby.”
Olivier, part of the Springboks’ World Cup-winning squad in 2007, believes Warriors need to do a lot of work in pre-season.
“There’s always a lot of room for improvement,” he said.
“We’ve got a bit of consistency now and the boys are happy and enjoying the game.
“We have a lot of hard work to do for next season and we don’t just want to be a side that is happy with not being relegated.
“We want to be top six side or even a top four if possible."
He added: “The strides we have made over the last couple of weeks have been brilliant. I think we’ve improved more than 100 per cent.
“If we can keep improving over the next couple of months before the start of the next Premiership season it would be brilliant.”