Worcester Warriors are pleased to announce the signing of Adam Balding from Newcastle Falcons on a two-year deal.
The hugely experienced Coventry-born forward, who has represented England at both Saxons and Sevens level, will join up with Warriors this summer and remain at the club until at least 2012.
Balding started his career at Leicester and went on to make 66 appearances for the club, tasting four Premiership titles and European glory with two Heineken Cup wins with the Tigers.
The 30-year-old moved to Gloucester in 2004, where he became club captain with the Cherry and Whites.
The hard running forward, who has also had a spell at Leeds Carnegie, moved to the north east in 2008 and has made a big impact with his abrasive edge at Kingston Park.
"I'm very pleased that we've further strengthened our back row pool with the signing of Adam Balding," said Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock.
"Adam is a former Gloucester captain and a very highly respected figure in Guinness Premiership rugby.
"He's an intelligent player who carries the ball very strongly, he will add balance and complement our existing back row.
"Adam has been a league winner on four occasions and has also been part of Heineken Cup winning squads. He is a proven winner and we are excited about his contribution at Warriors."
Balding revealed he delight at the move back to the Midlands and the chance to become part of the Worcester squad.
"I've played at Sixways before and so know it is a very passionate place to play with fantastic fans. I'm now looking forward to becoming part of the club with a great set-up and players around me," he said.
"There is a real team ethic at Warriors and ambition to build something special in the coming years. I want to be able to play a part in taking the club forward and realising those ambitions.
"I still have a real burning desire to succeed in the game and know I can achieve that with Warriors.
"I have really enjoyed myself at Newcastle Falcons. The north east is a fantastic place to play and we have a great set of supporters. I've always given everything for the club and will continue to do so until the end of this season."
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.