Worcester Warriors have today announced that Scrum & Forwards Coach Tony Windo has agreed a new contract at Sixways Stadium.
Former prop legend Windo has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal, with his current contract due to expire at the end of this season, to remain a key part of the backroom team until at least 2013.
Windo joined the coaching set-up at Warriors in a full-time role in 2008 after calling time on a hugely successful playing career that saw him play over 400 first team games for home-town club Gloucester and Worcester.
As Scrum & Forwards Coach, Windo continues to make a massive contribution to the Warriors squad as he has passed on his vast knowledge and experience.
Windo has also been hugely influential in the development of a number of young home-grown front row stars such as Matt Mullan, now part of the England Saxons set-up, Callum Black, Jack Gilding and Jordan Page.
Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock said: "Part of developing the 'Worcester Way' at the Warriors is through the promotion of younger players from the Academy, people like Miles Benjamin, Matt Mullan and Tom Wood who are all now regular fixtures in the first team.
"We also want to promote great servants to the club from playing positions to coaching positions and Tony Windo represents everything that is good about Worcester Warriors.
"He's been a fantastic player for the club, very reliable and dependable. Now he is a first class coach.
"I'm delighted he agreed to extend his contract as he has made great strides as a coach and I know that the work he has done with Matt Mullan, for example, has been hugely appreciated and has been a key factor in Matt's development."
Tony Windo said: "I always found it a great honour to play for Warriors, I thoroughly enjoyed my ten years as a player and now, as a member of the coaching team, I remain determined to give something back to a club that has already given so much to me.
"As a player my target was to get the club into the Guinness Premiership, not only have we achieved that aim, we have become an established member of the English top-flight.
"My challenge as a coach is to now see the club reach the potential it richly deserves and to win some silverware and compete at the highest level and get into Europe.
"I'm delighted to have signed the new contract and my aim now is to try and develop a ruthless set of forwards at the Warriors that will help us achieve our aims.
"It's great news for the club that Matt Mullan has also signed a new deal and I'm looking forward to continuing to work with Matt and the rest of the many talented forwards we have at the club to try and help them improve and reach our full potential."
Even now Worcester Warrior Ryan Lamb is impressed by the physicality and athleticism of some of Aviva Premiership Rugby's giant forwards and has called on rugby newcomers to witness the intensity first hand.