Chris Fortey to stay on with Worcester Warriors
Veteran Worcester Warriors hooker Chris Fortey has signed a contract extension which will keep him at Sixways until at least the end of the current season.
The 36-year-old has played 152 games for Warriors since making the switch from home city club Gloucester in 2005.
Head coach Richard Hill told BBC Hereford and Worcester: "Chris is a hugely valued member of our squad.
"On and off the field, he has a big impact for the Warriors and we are really pleased he will remain with us."
Fortey initially agreed a six-month deal in June and was appointed forwards coach at Stourbridge for the 2011-12 season to maintain the strong and developing link between the two clubs.
And Hill is delighted that Fortey will now remain with the Warriors until at least the end of the current campaign.
"Chris is a fantastic mentor for the younger members of the squad, but his hunger for the game also remains as strong as ever and he is fighting for a place in the team every week," said Hill.
Fortey has revealed that he had offers from two other Premiership clubs for his services but always wanted to remain at Warriors and help the club push on.
"I'm really happy to be staying until the end of the season," said Fortey.
"When I signed the six-month contract I always had a thought deep down that if I pushed myself and showed what I could do then I could extend my stay for longer.
"As long as you have got that hunger and competitiveness then there is no reason why you can't keep pushing yourself and others around you to get better.
"There can be a massive stigma around your age but I am still enjoying my rugby and training on a competitive nature. I want to be playing and I will be doing all I can for the rest of this season to do just that."