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# Vote of Confidence
Worcester Warriors put faith in Irish hooker despite 14-month injury nightmare
Niall Annett, who has played just once since November 2016, has signed a new contract at Sixways.

NIALL ANNETT HAS received a boost by penning a new contract that will keep him at Worcester Warriors for the 2018-19 season.

The Belfast-born hooker, who has made 52 appearances since joining Worcester from Ulster in the summer of 2014, has endured a difficult 14 months due to a series of injuries.

Annett tore his anterior cruciate knee ligament in a training session back in September, but it’s hoped that he’ll return for the Aviva Premiership club in April.

The former Ireland U20 captain — who also represented Emerging Ireland — has only played once for Worcester since November 2016 due to earlier ankle and hamstring problems.

“It’s been a frustrating year or so for me with regards to injuries, especially after a great couple of seasons prior to that. But I’d like to go on record and thank the club for looking after me during the past year or so during a difficult time,” Annett said.

“We’ve got a cracking bunch of lads here and hopefully if we can keep everyone together then we can push on up that table. For me now I just cannot wait to get back on the field and I’m doing everything off it to ensure I come back in the best place I possibly can.”

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Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons added: “Niall has had an unfortunate 12 months but we can’t wait to see him fit and back on the field. He has shown tremendous work-rate in the past few seasons at the club and has been a very important member of the side.”

Worcester, who face Connacht on Saturday in their penultimate Pool 5 game in the European Challenge Cup, are currently second from bottom in the Aviva Premiership.

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