HOOKER Niall Annett has committed to Worcester Warriors for another season after signing a new one-year contract.

The Irishman has made 70 first-team appearances since he joined Warriors from Ulster five years ago and has been in fine form in recent weeks.

Annett has started every match since he returned from a shoulder injury and won praise for his courageous display against Gallagher Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs which helped Warriors to claim two bonus points.

Injuries restricted Annett’s appearances in the 2016-17 campaign and missed the entire 2017-18 season after damaging his knee.

Speaking in early February, the 27-year-old admitted he was “a little uncertain” over his Warriors future with his deal due to expire this summer.

However, Annett has won over director of rugby Alan Solomons with a string of impressive showings to earn a new contract.

“It’s the way things work sometimes. You are not always 100 per cent all the time when you are playing but I was fit enough to play for sure and I was just glad enough to get out there with the boys,” Annett said.

“I’m delighted to have signed for another year.

“This is a place that I am passionate about.

“It’s my fifth year I will be heading into my sixth year next season so I’m looking forward to see what unfolds.

“I think I’ve put in some good performances this season and I’m looking forward to getting more opportunities and to play some good rugby when I do.”

With Jack Singleton rumoured to be joining Saracens Annett is likely to compete with Joe Taufete'e, Isaac Miller and Beck Cutting for the number two jersey next term.

Solomons expressed his delight that Annett had signed a new deal.

“Niall is an outstanding team and club man who has made an invaluable contribution to the Warriors cause,” Solomons said.

“I am delighted that he is extending his stay with us and look forward to working with him next season.”