Clarke set to become a Warrior

By Rob George 06/03 Updated: 12/03 13:17

WARRIORS head coach Richard Hill has continued his Sixways signing spree with the addition of Jon Clarke from Northampton Saints.

The 28-year-old Sheffield born centre has played 165 games, including over a century in the top-flight of English rugby, and scored 32 tries.

The talented midfielder, who has also played for England Saxons, will move from Franklin's Gardens to Sixways for the start of the 2012/13 campaign.

Head Coach Richard Hill said: "We are very excited that Jon will be joining us next season. He is vastly experienced and has been playing at one of the top clubs in the country for many seasons.

"He is physically a very powerful man and has the ability to offload and break the advantage line. Jon is a multi-skilled player, as he can operate at 12, 13 or 15, and will add a great deal to our midfield options.

"He also has a superb attitude and is very highly thought of in the game as well as being a tremendous talent. He is very serious about his rugby and very serious and ambitious about bringing success to Sixways," Hill added.

Clarke - who played in the Heineken Cup final last season against Leinster and scored a memorable try against Perpignan in the semi-final - believes the time is right for a new challenge.

"This is a new challenge for me as I prepare to move to a new club after a long and hugely enjoyable spell at Northampton Saints.

"I felt I needed a change and I spoke to Richard Hill and was really impressed by his vision and also the set-up at the club. I feel I can play a role in the club moving up another level and want to learn new things and develop.

"Worcester are a team that have a lot of good players and many of the key men in the squad have re-signed, which is always a good sign and shows the belief in the dressing room.

"The fans at Northampton have been amazing to me and I have many friends and fond memories of my time at Saints. Obviously I now want the Saints to have a big finish to the season.

"When I leave I know I am joining a club where there is great support again and the city of Worcester is a real rugby city, something I always had at Northampton, and that backing excites me," he added.

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