Goode move for Worcester
England fly-half to move to Sixways
Last Updated: 23/02/10 1:30pm
Goode: Joining the Warriors
England international Andy Goode is set for a dramatic return to the Guinness Premiership after agreeing to join Worcester next season.
"I believe that Andy's pedigree is without question and he has been one of English rugby's top performers over the last decade with England, Leicester Tigers and most recently Brive."
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The 29-year-old fly-half, who has been capped 17 times, will move to Sixways in the summer from French outfit Brive.
Goode won four Premiership titles - and two Heineken Cup winners medals - during a hugely successful stint at Leicester before moving to France in 2008.
Goode, who is currently on a short-term loan at Super 14 outfit the Sharks, sits third in the all-time Premiership points scoring standings with 1,484 points.
And Warriors director of rugby Mike Ruddock was thrilled to have pulled off the transfer coup.
"We're delighted to announce we've signed Andy Goode," said Ruddock.
"I believe that Andy's pedigree is without question and he has been one of English rugby's top performers over the last decade with England, Leicester Tigers and most recently Brive.
"He helped guide Leicester to a succession of league titles and is one of the Guinness Premiership's highest all-time point scorers. In his first season in France he also showed his skills, ability and quality to adapt to a different environment as he finished as the second highest point scorer.
"His standing and reputation in the game has been further enhanced by his recent move to Sharks and the Super 14. He is playing in their tour of Australia and New Zealand and this will only further develop his experience and benefit the Warriors long term.
"Andy brings with him a wealth of experience and is still only 29-years-old. He provides very strong leadership qualities and supreme goal kicking accuracy that can take us to the next level. He also fits the English qualified criteria that we are keen to establish even further at the Warriors.
"Andy always displays great composure and calm on the field and his great goal kicking temperament under pressure to win close games is a huge asset."
Goode admitted he had been won over by Ruddock's plans and the recruitment drive at Worcester.
"I'm really looking forward to making the move to Worcester Warriors and excited by the plans the club has and the vision of Mike Ruddock and Cecil Duckworth going forward from next season," he said.
"I have spoken to Mike on several occasions about the Warriors and was impressed by his real passion to bring success and the way in which he sees me being a key role of that development over the coming years.
"I've also been impressed by the club's recruitment ahead of next season, particularly the capture of Luke Rooney who I faced in the Top 14.
"I'm sure Luke will become a real asset to the Warriors and I look forward to combining with him and all the squad at Sixways."