Warriors have strengthened the depth of their front row options with the signing of Scotland international tighthead prop Murray McCallum from Glasgow Warriors.
McCallum will arrive at Sixways on January 1 on a contract to the end of the 2022-23 season having joined Glasgow from Edinburgh on a short-term contract in July.
McCallum, 25, is well-known to Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons who worked him during his time in charge of Edinburgh.
“It is terrific news for the club that Muzza will be joining us in January, particularly as Jack Owlett is only expected to return from his hip operation at the end of February,” Solomons said.
“I know Muzza well, having coached him at Edinburgh when he was a young, promising player just starting to come through. He has since gone on to play for Scotland and established himself as a top-class prop.
“Muzza is a great team man and will add huge value to Warriors, both on and off the field. We all look forward to welcoming him to Sixways.”
Owlett, a summer signing from Wasps, recently underwent surgery on the hip injury he sustained in the Gallagher Premiership match at Northampton Saints last month.
“We are delighted to have Murray joining us,” said Warriors Head Coach Jonathan Thomas.
“With only three senior tightheads in our squad, the recent long-term injury to Jack Owlett highlighted the need to bring someone in and Murray is a player of real quality.
“An important part of our recruitment strategy is someone who can add value both on and off the field and Murray ticks both boxes.
“He is an international tighthead, is just 25 years-old with his best years ahead of him and has an infectious personality which will add value to Warriors Family.”
McCallum began his rugby career with Dunfermline and was a member of the Scotland Under-20 squad at the 2016 Junior World Championship.
He made his senior international debut as a replacement against Wales in Cardiff in the opening match of the 2018 Six Nations and won two more caps against Canada and USA on the summer tour that year.
McCallum is no stranger to Sixways having played for Glasgow in The Clash in September and he is excited at the prospect of playing in the Gallagher Premiership for the first time.
“I’m delighted to sign for Worcester Warriors. The Premiership is the ultimate test for a prop and a league I have always wanted to challenge myself in,” McCallum said.
“Knowing Solly for my Edinburgh days and then meeting JT I am really sold on the club’s vision and I’m excited to be part of their journey.
“You can see the club’s ambitions with the appointment of Steve Diamond as Lead Rugby Consultant and he is someone I look forward to working with. I can’t wait to get started.”