TRANSFER NEWS | Matt Kvesic’s next club finally confirmed

England back-row forward Matt Kvesic will re-join Warriors from Exeter Chiefs for the 2020/21 season on a long-term contract.

Kvesic, 28, made 63 appearances in his first spell at Sixways between 2009 and 2013 before spending four seasons with Gloucester.

He joined Exeter in 2017 but has followed the example of lock Graham Kitchener, who re-joined Warriors from Leicester Tigers last summer, of returning to Sixways where his career began.

“Obviously I’m very excited about heading back to Worcester, a club which showed faith in me and gave me an opportunity as a 14-year-old,” Kvesic said.

“For me, it’s my hometown club and it’s where everything in terms of senior rugby really started.

“Having the opportunity to go back, working under new coaches and with new team-mates, it’s something that really excites me and I’m looking forward to what the future holds and the challenges ahead.

“I know I am heading back to Worcester a much different and, hopefully, a much improved player from the one that left seven years ago.

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“It’s been a massive learning curve for me, full of ups and downs, but I’m determined to do my best for Worcester.

“I’m sad to be leaving Exeter and the Chiefs. It’s a great place to play rugby, fantastic place to live and, from the outset, the club and the supporters have been brilliant with me.

“My first year was a bit up and down, but last season was up there as one of my best years, if not my best. Having the chance to string a number of games together allowed me to find my form and play my best rugby.”


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Described by the club as ‘a real coup’ and ‘deadly finisher’ when the winger joined from relegated Newcastle Falcons last summer. However, it appears that the 35-year-old, who has been a prolific try scorer throughout his career, is finally starting to slow down. He didn’t cross the whitewash in his six Premiership outings for Quins this season.

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