Worcester Warriors are today delighted to announce that lock Graham Kitchener has committed his future to the club by signing a new two-year contract extension.
Kitchener, who can play either lock or flanker, was already on an Academy deal for next season but has now been rewarded for the eye-catching progress he has made at Sixways Stadium with a two-year senior deal that will secure his services until 2011.
The 19-year-old, from Bromley, has featured for Warriors in three separate competitions this year - the Guinness Premiership, European Challenge Cup and EDF Energy Cup.
England Under-20 international Kitchener has made a total of 13 appearances for Warriors this season and grabbed first team tries against Petrarca Rugby and London Irish.
"We are delighted to announce a contract extension for Graham Kitchener," said Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock.
"Graham has made big strides this season. It's been his first season as a full-time professional and so he has made significant gains in both his strength and overall conditioning.
"He has also featured on a number of occasions for the first team and he has also sneaked a couple of tries which suitably highlights his all-round ability.
"Graham has also featured for England Under-20s this season and is in their squad for the World Cup this summer.
"I believe he has the capabilities to go on and play for England at senior level and that's why I'm delighted that he has decided to stay on and extend his deal. I'm sure the Warriors fans will also be very pleased that he has made this commitment."
Kitchener admitted he was pleased to put pen to paper on the new deal at Sixways Stadium and looked forward to continuing to develop his game at Warriors.
"I have really enjoyed my time at Warriors, working through the fantastic Academy system we have here and now with the first team squad," he said.
"I feel my game has improved from working with the coaching staff here and by being surrounded by professional players with a vast amount of experience whose knowledge has been invaluable.
"This season I have been given opportunities in the first team to show I am capable of and hopefully, now I have signed this contract extension, I can continue with my development and improvement as a player for Warriors."
Premiership Rugby today announced an extension of their partnership with the UK's largest insurance company, Aviva, for a further three years. The contract extension, which starts in the 2014-15 season, will cover a golden era for club rugby in England and will include a period when the country will host a Rugby World Cup and when rugby union will finally rejoin the Olympic movement.
Not only are the great and the good of the Aviva Premiership Rugby strutting their stuff at Twickenham this Saturday - so are the new generation of rugby players, including Worcester RFC, courtesy of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.
Warrior Stuart Brooks will represent the club at Twickenham next weekend as he battles for the honour of carrying the coveted Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy onto the pitch ahead of the final between Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints.