Former Saints wing Ashton secures new Premiership club

Former Saints wing Chris Ashton has signed for Worcester Warriors.

By Tom Vickers
Monday, 25th January 2021, 4:19 pm
Updated Monday, 25th January 2021, 4:21 pm
Chris Ashton
Chris Ashton

Ashton's former Saracens team-mate Jim Hamilton had recently claimed that Ashton was 'desperate' to engineer a return to Saints.

Hamilton said: "He is desperate to go to Northampton is what I heard. That is where he is living now."

But any thoughts of that happening have been put to bed after Worcester confirmed the signing of the 33-year-old on Monday afternoon;

“I would like to thank Harlequins for agreeing to release me early from my contract to be able to join Worcester Warriors,” Ashton said.

“The ability to continue my career in the Gallagher Premiership and play regular rugby means that this move is right for me and my family at this time.”

Ashton, who turns 34 in March, was a huge hit during his time at Saints, scoring tries for fun as he helped the club return to England's top flight after a cross-code switch from Wigan in 2007.

He struck up a formidable backline partnership with Ben Foden as Saints made it to the Heineken Cup final in 2011.

But Saracens came calling ahead of the 2012/13 campaign and Ashton opted to move on.

He became a key figure for Saracens as they claimed several major trophies before he headed off for spells at Toulon, Sale and, currently, Harlequins.

And Ashton, who has notched 20 tries in 44 Test appearances for England, is now on his way to Worcester.

“We are pleased to welcome Chris to Sixways," said Warriors boss Alan Solomons.

"He is a quality, proven international, who is equally at home at wing or full-back.

“With Melani (Nanai) out for the season, the timing could not have been better.

“Chris is the consummate professional and will be a good role model for our younger players.

"I have no doubt that Chris will make his mark here at Sixways.”