Worcester Warriors full-back Chris Pennell will depart Sixways this summer time after 14 years with the Premiership membership.
A veteran of 253 Premiership matches for Warriors, Pennell is now ‘exploring different alternatives’ after being denied his farewell in entrance of a house crowd after this weekend’s conflict with Gloucester was cancelled due to an outbreak within the opponents’ camp.
Pennell, on co-commentary obligation for BT Sport for his or her Spherical 20 match towards Leicester final month, represented Warriors throughout their current historical past within the Premiership and Championship and earned a solitary England cap agains the All Blacks in 2014.
“I’m extremely happy with my time with the membership. I really feel very lucky to have been doing what I’ve been doing with Worcester for therefore a few years,” mentioned Pennell, 34.
“It’s a very thrilling time for the membership with all of the modifications which were made. I hope success will probably be simply across the nook.
“The romantic in me thinks it might be good to complete my enjoying profession at Sixways,” he mentioned. “However it’s additionally thrilling for me to discover different alternatives.
“It has been an excellent variety of years since there was any consideration of enjoying for an additional workforce.
“And with my physique however, extra importantly, my head in a very good place, now’s the time to maneuver on.”
“Pens is among the membership legends,” mentioned Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons. “To make 250 appearances for one membership is an unbelievable achievement and speaks volumes in regards to the man. He’s certainly one of a sort. We have now been blessed to have him spend his total profession right here.”
Warriors head coach Jonathan Thomas added: “I performed with Pens after I first got here right here. He’s an superior particular person, an superior good friend. Everybody is aware of what a loyal servant he has been over a protracted time period and a constant performer.
“I’ve little question that he will probably be successful in no matter he does as a result of he’s a category act as a bloke and the way in which he carries himself. I’m unhappy it’s the tip of an period as a result of he’s a particular man.
“The membership won’t really feel the identical with out him round as a participant as a result of it seems like he has been Worcester.”