CENTRE Ryan Mills and hooker Kurt Haupt’s decisions to extend their Warriors contracts has been warmly welcomed by Sixways chiefs Alan Solomons as he looks to keep the core group of the squad together.
The new Worcester chief wants to build stability and continuity within the squad under his stewardship, and hopes the new long-term deal penned by Mills will prompt other players to follow suit.
Still just 25-years-old, Mills has played 65 times for the Sixways outfit, starting all but three of those games.
The centre, who can play at fly-half, has also skippered the side on a number of occasions since his arrival in 2014 from Gloucester.
Haupt has signed a contract extension until the end of the season after impressing former director of rugby Gary Gold and Solomons, following his short-term spell at the club.
The 28-year-old South African, who arrived in October, has made five appearances for Warriors and will continue to provide competition for the number two position.
“We’re ecstatic Millsy has committed himself to the club,” said Solomons.
“He’s been an integral part of this squad for the past few years and has become one of the senior figures of the side, whom the youngsters can certainly look up to.
“He has a bright future ahead of him and we’ll work closely with him to try and ensure he operates at the top of his game in the coming seasons.
“Kurt has also done well for us and will no doubt continue to contribute to the Warriors cause,” he added.
Meanwhile, scrum-half Peter Stringer left the club last week after his short-term contract came to an end. The 40-year-old Ireland veteran made six losing appearances from the bench after joining in July as cover for Francois Hougaard, who was on international duty.
“We’d like to thank Strings for his efforts over the past few months,” said Solomons.
“He’s been great around the squad and has played a key role in helping develop some of our younger players.”