First season back in Premiership a success says Pennell

Chris Pennell says Warriors have learnt a lot from their first season back in the Aviva Premiership and thinks the experience will stand them in good stead when they return to action after the summer.

Warriors secured a tenth-placed finish after a strong run of form in the latter stages of the season.

And the full-back admits he was always confident the side would develop throughout the 2015/16 campaign.

He said: “We were really confident from the start that league position would take care of itself as long as we represented ourselves in the way we wanted.

“Next year there will be less learning involved. It’ll be more about the incoming players getting up to speed with what we do.”

Pennell recently committed his long-term future to the Club after another stellar campaign in which he only missed 15 minutes of Premiership action.

And the long-serving Warrior is already looking forward to another season as part of a potent backline, which will include new signings Ben Te’o and Jackson Willison.

He continued: “Ben and Jackson are quality players and they give us great options in our backline. It’s good to have competition in every position.

“We’re very lucky in that we’ve got some superb players here already so adding that kind of quality is only going to be good.”

Pennell also added that he believes keeping the core group together will put Warriors a step ahead before next season begins.

He added: “We’re in a strong place as a unit. We know what we’re doing and we know how we want to play so it’s about how efficient and clinical we can become.”