Chris Fortey to remain with Worcester Warriors

Tevita Taumoepeau, Chris Fortey, Adam Black
Fortey celebrates going up with Tevita Taumoepeau (left) and Adam Black

Veteran Worcester hooker Chris Fortey is to stay at Sixways - although his new role has not yet been specified.

The club's longest-serving player's current contract is set to expire.

But, following promotion back to the Premiership, coach Richard Hill revealed at their end-of-season do on Friday night that Fortey will stay.

Fortey, 35, signed from his home town club Gloucester in 1975, is one of only a handful of players to have played over 200 Premiership games.

Hill made the announcement at the club's end-of-season awards, at which scrum-half Jonny Arr was named Worcester's player of the year, beating Neil Best, Kai Horstmann and Marcel Garvey to the prestigious award.

"Jonny has been consistently good every single game this season for Warriors," said Hill. "He's a player we can really depend on.

"He has improved throughout the course of the season, is deeply committed to Warriors and always strives to develop his understanding of the game."

Wing Marcel Garvey was honoured by his team-mates as players' player of the year.

The title of Warrior of the year, awarded to the player that has, through his commitment, gained total respect from his peers at the club, was won by hooker Aleki Lutui.

Matt Kvesic completed a fine season at Sixways, being named young player of the year.