Grove – Emotional attachment made contract decision inevitable

Alex Grove says his decision to sign a new contract at Warriors was inevitable due to his emotional attachment to the club.

The centre progressed through the Warriors academy before becoming a club centurion in December last year.

And as the second highest appearance maker in the current squad, Grove admits he couldn’t imagine a future away from Sixways.

He said: “Dean talks about having an emotional attachment to the club and I can certainly relate to that.

“This is my eighth season at Sixways and I’ve played nearly 120 games now. Warriors gave me an opportunity and I will always remember that.”

Grove’s contract extension is another major positive as the club aim to develop a side capable of competing in the higher echelons of the Aviva Premiership.

And the 26-year-old believes Warriors will become an established Premiership side over the next few years.

He continued: “The fact that we have the coaching set-up we do shows the club’s intent to improve and ultimately work our way up the table. And I want to be part of that.

“Current players and players who arrive in the future will be nurtured and we will start to see the club taking massive strides forward.”

With Warriors showing improvements on the pitch as the season has progressed, Grove insists there is a lot of hard work in front of him and his teammates.

He added: “There’s no secret player or special move that is going to get us there. It’s going to be a lot of hard work and a lot of small behavioural changes around the club.

“The foundations are in place and I believe it is only a matter of time before this club is rewarded with success.”