Sanderson signs new deal with Warriors

Worcester Warriors have been boosted on the eve of the 2009/10 Guinness Premiership season with the news that captain Pat Sanderson has agreed a new two-year contract extension, which will see him remain at Sixways until 2012.

 

Talismanic skipper Sanderson – known as Captain Fantastic to his army of fans – joined Worcester Warriors for the start of the 2004/05 season and has been instrumental in ensuring the club has retained top-flight status.

The 31-year-old started every top-flight game in his first year with the club and was later nominated for the Zurich Player of the Season and the PRA Players’ Player of the Year.


An incredibly fit, intelligent, skilful and hard-working back row, Sanderson has always led from the front at Sixways, both on and off the field, and has now played 115 games for the club and scored 110 points.


Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock is delighted that his captain had chosen to commit to the club a year early, with his current deal set to run until the end of the 2009/10 campaign.


“It is fantastic news that Pat Sanderson has decided to extend his term at Warriors,” said Ruddock.

 

“Pat has always been the consummate professional, an outstanding performer, great player and top leader during his time at the club.

“His motivational skills and leadership qualities have been incredibly impressive, hence my decision to continue to ask Pat to captain the Warriors but also extend his term as a player.


“I have no doubt that Pat will maintain his high standards over the next three seasons. His fitness will never be an issue as he is still our fittest player and continues to lead the way in all standards at the club.


“Having chatted with Pat about this contract extension, it became obvious that he believes that the club is about to make massive strides forward and he wants to be a part of that process.


“Pat is exceptionally aware of the excellent young players being developed at the club and the high level of recruitment of outstanding international players like Chris Latham, Sam Tuitupou, Rico Gear and Greg Rawlinson.


“He believes that all of this will make a difference to the club’s position in the league and he desperately wants to see that process through.”


Sanderson’s stunning contribution during his time at Warriors has also been recognised with international honours, captaining England during the 2006 Australia tour and in charge of the triumphant  Churchill Cup squad in Canada in 2005.


The Chester-born ace is also a high-calibre Sevens player, having made his debut back in 1997 in Hong Kong. In 2003-04 he played in six of the IRB World Series rounds including the three wins in South Africa, Hong Kong and London.

 

He also helped England win the prestigious Hong Kong event. In 2002 he was also a member of England’s Commonwealth Games squad in Manchester.

“I am delighted to have committed my future to the Warriors,” said Sanderson.


“It has been an incredible journey so far yet there’s so much still to achieve here and as I look at the season ahead it’s hard not to feel excited about the future of the club.


“We have an incredible team spirit here, both on and off the field, a committed chairman, a superb fan base and an amazing stadium. There is nowhere I would rather be playing rugby.”

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