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Seymour and Annett delighted to commit their future

Staying put: Tommy Seymour has signed on with Glasgow
Staying put: Tommy Seymour has signed on with Glasgow
Extending contract: Niall Annett will remain with Worcester

By Robert Jones

Two former Ulster favourites have penned new deals to keep them at their respective clubs.

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Winger Tommy Seymour, who recently announced his retirement from the Scotland scene, has agreed a one-year extension with Glasgow Warriors.

And another Warrior, this time south of the border, Niall Annett has signed a two-year extension, meaning the former Methody man will take his stay in Worcester up to eight years.

Annett left Ulster in the summer of 2014 and has established himself as a crowd favourite with the Premiership outfit under the tutelage of another man well known to local fans, head coach Alan Solomons.

"I'm delighted to have it wrapped up earlier than last season and to commit my future to the club which I am very fond of and passionate about having been here for six years," Annett said.

"The progress we are making is evident in the games we have played each year. We are becoming more consistent and that progress is ongoing.

"I am playing the rugby I knew I could and I am delighted that I have been able to go out there and show that I am not a bad rugby player."

Director of rugby Solomons is delighted that Annett, a former Ireland Under-20s captain, has re-signed.

"Niall has been an integral part of the club for some time and I am really pleased that he has decided to continue with us here at Sixways," Solomons said.

"Niall is an experienced hooker with an excellent set-piece game. He is also a skilled, intelligent footballer with a high work rate.

"Over and above this he has good leadership qualities and is a great team man. He has been in a rich vein of form lately and has led the side well.

"He will add huge value as we look to take the club forward and I am pleased to be able to continue working with him."

Seymour, a 31-year-old former British and Irish Lion, moved to Scotstoun in 2011 and has made 138 appearances so far.

"Being in a city that has become my home over the last nine years was a massive factor in deciding to stay," said Seymour.

"My wife and I are incredibly happy here, our children are settled and the opportunity to play in a shirt that means so much to me is always going to be hard to pass up. I'm looking forward to continuing to give back to a club that has given me so much."

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie will be departing in the summer to take over the same role with Australia but believes securing Seymour for another year will be a major boost.

He said: "Tommy is a world-class back-three player and we saw that last season where I think he played some of the best rugby of his career. The club means an awful lot to him and you can see that in the way that he trains as well as every time he pulls on the jersey. "

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