Worcester Warriors have made a statement of intent by securing the services of England international Ted Hill, who has signed his first first-team contract.
The 19-year-old back row, who is a product of the Warriors AASE programme and the Three Pears Warriors Academy, has been a revelation this season, making his full England debut in November – just eight weeks after appearing in the Gallagher Premiership for the first time.
Hill’s Premiership debut came at the end of September as he came on as a replacement against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road and scored two tries as Warriors secured a famous victory.
He has since become a first-team regular and has helped Warriors enjoy one of their best-ever starts to a Premiership season.
Hill said: “This is my home Club so I am delighted to have signed a first-team contract. We have a very exciting journey ahead of us and I am really excited to be part of that.
“I have worked with some exceptional people during my time at the Club and I have enjoyed being out there on the pitch this season.
“The Club have helped me become an England international and my focus now is on working as hard as I can to help us move up the Premiership table.”
Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons said: “Ted is a terrific young player who has shown maturity beyond his years.
“He has a fantastic attitude in training and this comes through on matchday. He has made swift progress since debuting against Leicester at Welford Road and is now a first-team regular.
“Ted thoroughly deserved his England call-up and it is a tribute to him that he has made his international debut at the tender age of 19. He is an integral part of what we are building at Sixways.”