Benjamin signs new Worcester Warriors deal

Worcester Warriors have announced that ‘hot property’ Miles Benjamin has signed a new two-year contract to remain at Sixways Stadium.

Wing wonder Benjamin, who has a stunning strike rate of 24 tries in 60 games for Warriors, has put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the club until at least 2012.

The Solihull speedster, a product of the Warriors Academy, burst onto the first team picture during the 2007/08 season and quickly established himself as one of the deadliest and brightest young English stars in the game.

The England Under 20 international scored a try on his first senior start against London Irish in the EDF Energy Cup and his first Guinness Premiership try came against Newcastle Falcons in January 2008.

Benjamin, who during the summer of 2008 was part of the IRB Junior World Championships with England, finished his first full season as the club’s leading try-scorer with 15 tries in 27 games and fourth in the Guinness Premiership charts.

The 21-year-old’s incredible progress was underlined at the end of the 2007/08 season when he jointly picked up the Young Player of the Year prize at the club’s end of season awards.

Benjamin continued to impress everyone at Warriors last season with his attitude and determination as he battled back from a broken leg in the European Challenge Cup clash with Bourgoin.

The wing scored a memorable and courageous effort against the French side when he returned to the Stade Pierre Rajon in the European semi-final later in the same campaign.

This year Benjamin again leads the scoring charts at Warriors, with five tries in 11 games, and Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock has praised the wing for the manner in which he has developed his game in recent years and become an integral part of the Sixways side.

“Following hot on the heels of Matt Mullan signing a new deal, we’re very pleased to announce that Miles Benjamin has agreed a contract extension with the Warriors,” said Ruddock.

“Miles is hot property at the moment and has attracted a lot of interest elsewhere. He is playing some outstanding rugby at the current time and at just 21-years-old he will only get better and better.

“We’re delighted that Miles has chosen to stay at the club rather than take up some tempting offers elsewhere. Like us, he believes the Warriors will continue to make progress and he very much wants to be a part of that progression.

“Miles is a fine young man with a big future ahead of him. It shouldn’t be long before we see him playing for England Saxons and hopefully England.”

Benjamin said: “I’m really pleased to have sorted out my future at Warriors.

“I can now continue to be part of the development of a club that I think can become a leading side in both the Guinness Premiership and Europe.

“The club has shown a lot of ambition and I want to be a part of helping achieve the vision. I truly see Worcester Warriors as my club, after coming through the ranks and becoming part of the culture here.

“I’m playing alongside players that I’ve got to know very well and I’m in an environment where I feel comfortable and can develop my game further. We’re all pulling towards the same goal and I’m looking forward to a really successful spell with Warriors.”

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