Rugby Union
Warriors sign Ospreys wing Walker

By Geoff Berkeley 29/02 Updated: 02/03 15:01

SCOTLAND international wing Nikki Walker has become Worcester Warriors' latest acquisition after signing from Ospreys.

The 29-year-old, who has been a star performer at the Welsh giants over the last six seasons, will make the move to Sixways from the start of next season.

Walker has made 24 appearances for Scotland, scoring six tries. He played in all but one of his nation's 2011 Six Nations campaign before a knee injury ruled him out of the Rugby World Cup last year.

Warriors head coach Richard Hill believes Walker's imposing 6ft 5in stature will make him a hit in the Aviva Premiership.

“We have signed a physical and explosive player with real experience who will add a huge amount to the club," he said. "We are striving to improve our squad and so we’re delighted to have an international player of Nikki’s pedigree coming in.

“He will also bring a different style to our play. At Ospreys he was used in conjunction with Shane Williams and added a real threat around the 10 channel. It opened up space out wide and if he can do that at Warriors it will allow our other wingers to exploit that room.

“Nikki also has a fantastic attitude and is a real club man who will embrace the culture and environment we have here at Sixways.”

The Aberdeen-born star revealed the aspirations of Hill and the club's plans for the future were pivotal in his decision to leave the Swansea-based side for Warriors from next season.

"It's an exciting new challenge for me. I'm looking forward to playing in England and Warriors are clearly a club that are on the up," Walker said.

"The results in recent months have shown the huge potential and ambition at the club to get even better and it is a club I'm very keen to join.

Despite not having played competitively since August last year due to injury, Walker added: "The knee is good, I've been working hard in the gym and I'm not far off being fit. I will be back pretty soon and can't wait to play again.

"Rest assured, I will be fully focused and ready for Warriors on day one of pre-season. With a good pre-season behind I will be eager to start the season strongly for my new club."

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