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Smith heading to Warriors

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:34
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Worcester Warriors have announced that Sam Smith will join the club when his contract with Harlequins comes to an end in June

Worcester Warriors have announced that Sam Smith will join the club when his contract with Harlequins comes to an end in June

The 23-year-old will move to Sixways after five years at the Stoop, during which time he helped Quins to the Premiership title in 2012 and the Anglo-Welsh Cup in March 2013.

The prolific wing has scored 25 tries in 69 games for Harlequins and has been a regular feature in the European Cup over the last three years.

Smith said: "I have really enjoyed my time at Harlequins, making this a tough decision, but when I spoke to Dean [Ryan] it was clear to me that I wanted to be a part of his vision at Worcester.

"The opportunity to develop as a rugby player and take on this exciting challenge is one I am looking forward to getting stuck into.

"I'd like to thank everyone at Quins for giving me the opportunities I have had here. I have loved every minute of it and will miss everyone - they are a great group of guys that I have been lucky enough to work with day-in day-out.”

Warriors Director of Rugby Dean Ryan said: "Sam fits the profile of the type of player we want to attract to Sixways to ensure we build a successful side.  He is young, hungry to succeed and will be an important part of the culture we are creating."

"He is someone who had a choice of where to play his rugby and I am delighted that he has decided to join us, especially as he complements our talented line of English backs.

Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea commented: "It is always hard to see one of your own moving on but that is the world we live in. Sam has been given a great opportunity at Worcester and I know everyone at the club will wish him well at the end of the season.

"In the meantime I know, and we have already seen, that Sam will be doing everything he can to go out on a high with the club he has grown up at."

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