By Rob George 29/02 Updated: 05/03 10:40
MILES Benjamin is set to leave Worcester Warriors at the end of the season after a six year spell at Sixways.
The club confirmed the news on Wednesday (February 29) to bring to an end months of speculation over the winger's future which has seen him linked with a move to Leicester Tigers.
Benjamin is a product of the Academy system at Sixways and has played over a century of games for Warriors over the last five seasons.
The 23-year-old, who finished as the top try-scorer in the Championship last season, has scored 57 tries in 119 appearances for Worcester in all competitions.
"It's been a very difficult decision to leave Worcester Warriors," he said.
"I have really enjoyed my six years at the club and I'm grateful for the opportunities I have had, in particular to the Academy coaching team of Andrew Stanley and Gary Meechan who brought me to the club.
"I will miss the club and the fantastic supporters, but for now my focus is on helping the club achieve its goals for the rest of the season," Benjamin added.
Head coach Richard Hill said he had nothing but praise for Miles and what he had achieved at Sixways.
"He has come through the ranks at Warriors and has developed into one of the best wingers this club has seen in recent times.
"He is a very physical athlete and one of the strongest in the Aviva Premiership on the wing. Miles is, in my opinion, one of the best defenders on the wing in the country," he added.
Hill described Benjamin as a 'polite and genuine person and a true professional' and said the club were disappointed to be losing his services.
"Replacing a player of the quality of Miles, in particular his physicality and defensive qualities, was always going to be difficult.
"But I am absolutely delighted by our recruitment of Scotland international Nikki Walker, a player who I know will bring both
that physical edge and also experience to the club," Hill said.
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