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Scotland centre Alex Grove has committed his future to winless Aviva Premiership club Worcester Warriors by signing a contract extension.

The 26-year-old Worcester academy product's decision to commit will be a big boost, with Dean Ryan's side locked at the foot of the Premiership, with nine defeats in as many games.

Coveted full-back Chris Pennell has already confirmed a new deal earlier this month.

And three-cap centre Grove's decision to follow suit will be highly prized at Sixways.

Grove made his Worcester debut in 2006 and has since racked up more than 100 appearances for the club.

Grove said: "The club has clearly shown its intent by the people recruited behind the scenes. The foundations are now in place and I want to be part of things when we ultimately move up the table.

"The club has really shaken things up and that's what we've needed.

"In the next three or four years I believe that it is achievable to become one of the top sides in the Premiership."

Rugby director Ryan said: "I am delighted that Alex has chosen to commit to the club at a time when we are building for the future.

"We are looking to bring long-term success to this club and to achieve that we must ensure our best players want to be part of our journey.

"Alex embodies the type of player that will help us achieve our vision and this announcement is a great endorsement to the work everybody is putting in."

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