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Graham Kitchener, signed until 2010
Kitchener Lords it at Sixways
by Dave Bradley
Worcester Warriors have extended the contract of highly-rated youngster Graham Kitchener, and he's commited his future at Sixways until 2010.
Lock, Kitchener is rated as one of the most promising young players on the books at Warriors, after impressive displays for the Academy, and in the Guinness 'A' League.
The 18-year-old - a product of the Adams Grammar School in Shropshire - has regularly attended the EPDG satellite centre at Telford College of Arts & Technology, where he worked with Worcester coaches Dale Smallman and Paul Young.
Kitchener, who is 6ft 6in tall and weighs 16st 13lbs, has been connected with the club since he was 14, and has represented North Midlands, and England at U16 and U18 level, most recently in the Six Nations Festival.
Kitchener - one of the star performers as Warriors defeated Sale Jets in a Guinness A League in a recent game - had attracted attention from other high profile Guinness Premiership clubs.
But he always stated his desire to remain at Warriors, and has now pledged his future development by putting pen to paper on a two-year extension.
Warriors Academy boss Andrew Stanley
Academy boss Andrew Stanley is pleased to have him on a long contract:
"We are delighted that Graham has committed his rugby future to Warriors, and continues the relationship he has had with us since he was 14.
"I'm sure Worcester supporters will have been impressed with his performances against Bristol, and Sale and the skills levels and maturity he has shown for somebody so young."
Warriors ' A' team have a home game against Leicester Tigers on Monday 5 November.
Warriors are next in action at Harlequins in the EDF Cup on Saturday 3 November and there will be full commentary on the game on BBC Hereford and Worcester and on line at bbc.co.uk/herefordandworcester.
last updated: 01/11/07