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Johnston wants to help better younger players

Aaron Wise 13th Jan, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WARRIORS’ new signing James Johnston wants to use his experience to help make the young front row better players.

The Samoan tighthead prop gained a wealth of Premiership knowledge after moving to Harlequins in 2009, from New Zealand outfit Ponsonby.

The 29-year-old made 102 appearances in his four year Quins spell, before spending two seasons at Saracens where he played 51 times, including in their Aviva Premiership final campaign of 2013/14 and the title wining campaign of 2014/15.

“Worcester are building something special here and I’ve been really impressed with how the club has moved forward in the past 18 months,” said Johnston.

“I can’t wait to join up with my new teammates and I hope I can add something to the pack and help drive us up the league table.

“Its been a frustrating time having picked up a few injuries, especially as there is nothing you can do. Its been six months, but I’m easing into being fully fit and if anything, being out for so long has made me even more motivated to get back out there.

“This is a fresh start and I’m excited and raring to go.

“There’s a lot of young guys here who are growing and I’m looking forward to helping them out. I can see this club progressing over the next three years,” he added.

“I’m delighted James has agreed to be a part of our journey,” said Director of Rugby Dean Ryan.

“The scrum is an area where we’ve lacked a bit of experience so he’s here to hold the scrum for us.

“He has a wealth of top-class Premiership and European game time under his belt and will add great depth to our front row.

“The opportunity to talk to James came up with the frustration of not getting enough game time at Wasps following a few injuries. But we’ll see if that frustration can manifest into a performance for us, as he’s very motivated to play,” he added.

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