Hill opens contract talks with stars

Richard Hill has vowed to keep creating the right environment at Sixways to encourage his star names to sign up – after opening talks over the future of a number of his Worcester Warriors.

Hill has revealed he wants the future of the vast majority of his playing squad agreed by the time the play-offs kick off in March.

The Worcester Head Coach wants players with a ‘massive incentive’ to perform in the knock out stages of the season after signing new contracts.

“The aim will be to get the vast majority of players contracted by March,” he said. “I am confident we will do that so we head into the play-offs with players who are contracted and have a massive incentive to do well.

“The worst thing that could happen is that you go in with half a dozen unsure about their future and therefore maybe the motivation for winning the play-offs isn’t as great as everyone else who know their future lies with the club.

“That is why I have already started the process. It can take several months to sort contracts out so we start talking now and I hope that after Christmas we will begin to sign up the first batch of players that we are going to keep. I would hope the vast majority will be signed and sealed by March.

“Talks are going well. Players are keen to sign and this is a fantastic club. You have got to have a very good offer to disappear from Worcester, with the stadium, supporters and facilities. They are second to none. It would take a pretty special club to prise someone away from Warriors.

“The players are enjoying the environment, it is a good group who get on well and the ones I have spoken to are keen to stay. We will try and retain as much of our existing players as we can, but it is down to them now to force the contract.”