Warriors sign scrum-half Kitto

Scrum-half Jono Kitto is set for a second stint with Warriors having signed a contract for next season.

The former New Zealand Under-20s international had a short stint on loan at Sixways at the start of last season and will return on a permanent deal from New Zealand provincial side Northland.

“I am really excited to be heading back to play rugby in the Gallagher Premiership and in particular with the Worcester Warriors,” Kitto said.

“I really enjoyed my brief stint there in 2017 and met some good people that I am looking forward to working with again.

“It has been good to be home the last year reconnecting with family and friends and I really enjoyed my time with Northland, but the opportunity to join Worcester was too good to miss.”

Kitto, 26,  has previous Premiership experience with Leicester Tigers, from whom he played for Warriors on loan, and Harlequins.

Kitto is Warriors’ third new signing for next season following lock Graham Kitchener, who will re-join from Leicester, and tighthead prop Conor Carey, who will move from Connacht.

Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons said: “ Jono is a quality, experienced scrum-half, who has the distinct advantage of not only having played in the Premiership, but of having played for the Club.

“Everyone at the club who worked with him sings his praises as both a player and a bloke so I have no doubt he will add huge value and we look forward to welcoming him back to Sixways.”