Tom Dodd extends his Warriors stay with new contract

Back-row forward Tom Dodd has extended his stay with Warriors by signing a new one-year contract.

The former Scotland Under-20s international had impressed with his aggressive ball carrying and defence before his season was interrupted by a knee injury sustained against Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium in February.

Dodd, 24, returned to action as a replacement in last Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership finale against Bath Rugby at Sixways and is looking forward to continuing the progress that has seen him make 26 appearances since he made his senior debut in November 2017 while he was on the Three Pears Warriors Academy.

“I am very happy to have signed a new contract, especially after a long injury lay-off, and I am really looking forward to next season,” Dodd said.

“Before the injury I was very pleased with the way things were going. But the club is going in the right direction and with Steve Diamond coming in and straightening a few things out I think we can be very positive about next season.

“Winning the Premiership Rugby Cup, our first major trophy, was massive for the club. The fact that we used more than 50 players in that competition was another positive because everyone played their part and it shows the depth that we have in the squad.”

Dodd played his part in the cup success by starting in the home wins over Bristol Bears and Gloucester Rugby and scoring his first senior try in the first of them.

“Tom is a big, physical lad who has a good understanding of the game and he has a big future ahead of him,” said Diamond, Warriors’ Lead Rugby Consultant.