Worcester have signed former Ireland Under-20 tighthead prop Conor Carey from Pro-14 side Connacht on a two-year contract from the start of next season.
Carey, 27, will join Warriors as an English Qualified Player as he was born in Ealing and he has previous experience of club rugby in England having played for Ealing Trailfinders and Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship.
Carey, who was educated at Methodist College in Belfast played club rugby for Ballymena and Ballynahinch and also represented Ulster at youth level where he played alongside current Warriors players Niall Annett and Michael Heaney.
“I have really enjoyed my time with Connacht but I’ve always wanted to play in the Premiership and to challenge myself up there, especially at scrum-time. The set piece is something that I pride myself on,” Carey said.
“The facilities at Sixways are top class, some of the very best around. I chatted to Niall Annett and Michael Heaney, who I played schools rugby with, and they told me nothing but good things about the club.
“I worked with Neil Doak before and enjoyed that. Alan Solomons has also set his plans for the club and that’s something that really interests me and it’s something that I want to buy in to.”