Rawlinson signs new deal
Worcester Warriors have renewed the contract of powerful lock Greg Rawlinson after the 31-year-old signed a new one-year deal.
By James Mason
Last Updated: 09/02/10 2:13pm
Worcester have seen off strong competition to successfully renew the contract of powerful lock Greg Rawlinson
The 31-year-old former All Black had attracted interest from a number of top clubs around the world, however he has remained loyal to the Warriors by signing a new one-year deal.
Durban-born Rawlinson joins Matt Mullan, Miles Benjamin, Chris Pennell, Marcel Garvey, Aleki Lutui and Greg King, in deciding to sign new deals with at Sixways.
Worcester director of rugby Mike Ruddock was thrilled to keep the lock at the club, admitting he is a big presence in the side.
He said: "Greg has signed a one-year contract extension to enable him to carry on helping us achieve our goals of moving further up the league table and improving season upon season.
"Greg is 'Mr Physicality' as far as we are concerned at Warriors and his presence in our team really helps us to impose ourselves in a very physical way on the opposition.
"He's contributed greatly during his time at the club and wants to see club performances grow next season, hence his commitment to stay longer.
"As a former All Black, Greg brings quality to our panel and he is an excellent role model for all the younger players in the club with his dedicated, professional approach and wholehearted commitment.
"We're particularly pleased that Greg has decided to stay at Warriors after he attracted a lot of interest globally. There were a number of clubs and franchises that attempted to secure his services next season.
"His belief in us now gives us the confidence to keep pushing forward with our game and our plans to improve."
Rawlinson is delighted at extending his stay at the club and admitted he is enjoying being with the Warriors.
He added: "I'm very pleased to have signed. I'm now looking forward to the rest of this season, as we look to push up the Guinness Premiership table, and next as I know the club is going in the right direction. That was key to my decision.
"I'm very settled and happy in the UK too, so I'm delighted to be able to extend my stay with Warriors and that the club also wants me to remain a part of its plans.
"I've really enjoyed my time at Warriors so far. There have been a lot of positive changes since I've arrived and being a part of that process has been a fantastic experience for me.
"The future is bright for the club and I'm very keen to be a part of that. The fans have also been absolutely awesome ever since I turned up."