25th Sep, 2020

Howe backing Warriors’ youth to come to the fore

Rob George 30th Jan, 2020

FREE-SCORING wing Tom Howe has become the latest Warriors to commit his future to Sixways with a deal until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Howe has scored 21 tries in 36 appearances since he joined Warriors from Wasps Academy in the summer of 2017 and has signed a two-year extension to his existing contract which expires at the end of this season.

The 24-year-old became the second Warriors to pen a two-year extension in two days after back-row forward Caleb Montgomery has signed on the dotted line on Monday (January 27).

Montgomery, 24, joined Warriors from Ulster last summer on an initial one-year deal and has now extended his stay until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Warriors chief Alan Solomons revealed his delight at securing two more members of his Sixways squad.

“Tom has worked hard on improving his all-round game and has now established himself at Premiership level,” he said.

“He is a great bloke, a tremendous team man and a real asset to the club. I thoroughly enjoy working with him and look forward to us continuing our association.

“Caleb is an athletic, physical player who is ideally suited to the Premiership and I have no doubt he will make his mark for the club over the coming seasons.”

Howe scored a hat-trick of tries against Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership Rugby Cup in October but, having waited to the last match of 2019 for his first Gallagher Premiership appearance of the season, he has started in Warriors’ last three matches in the competition.

“I have a good relationship with Alan Solomons and the coaches and I have been getting some good game time recently,” Howe said.

“At the start of the season it was a little frustrating as I wasn’t getting that game time but I knew that if I was patient that the opportunities would come.

“With a young family, a two-year contract means we can settle down here.

“You could make a really good Premiership side out of guys who are 25 or younger. That’s a solid team that we have for the next three or four years.”

Howe helped England Under-20s win the Junior World Championship in 2016 and had loan spells with Jersey Reds and Coventry two seasons ago and was leading try-scorer at both clubs.

Warriors had to settle for a losing bonus point on Saturday, despite 16 points from the boot of Duncan Weir in a nerve-jangling local derby with Wasps at Sixways.

Weir’s 100 per cent kicking record and tries from Marco Mama and Ollie Lawrence appeared to have laid the foundations for victory.

But Wasps’ clinical finishing proved decisive as they ran in three second-half tries to claim a 30-26 bonus point win.

Dan Robson’s touchdown settled matters in a game in which the lead changed hands five times.

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