Walker flies nest with move from Ospreys to Warriors

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FORMER Greens winger Nikki Walker has signed for Worcester Warriors.

The 29-year-old will switch to the Aviva Premiership side at the end of the season after six years at the Liberty Stadium.

Walker joined the Ospreys from Borders in the summer of 2006 and has since made 103 appearances for the region, bringing his century up against Newport Gwent Dragons in April last year, and has scored 37 tries. He said: “My six years at the Ospreys have been the best of my career and I’m sad to be moving on, but after 10 years playing in the Celtic League I feel that the time is right for me to try a fresh challenge in England.

“Everybody at the Ospreys has always been fantastic to me, particularly over the last year while I’ve been injured. The medical team, coaches and management have been great, while the fans have always given me their full support.

During his time with the Ospreys, Walker won two Celtic League titles as well as appearing in consecutive EDF Energy Cup Finals against Leicester Tigers at Twickenham, and also featured in Scotland’s historic win over Australia.

Worcester are currently tenth in their first season back in the Aviva Premiership with a 14-point lead over bottom club Newcastle Falcons.

Meanwhile, Greens coach Phil Leck admitted this week the challenge now is keeping everyone’s feet on the ground as the quest to remain in Premier One approaches a nail-biting conclusion.

Victory over Edinburgh Academicals at the weekend strengthened unbeaten Hawick’s second place position in Premier ‘B’.

And they could firm that up considerably with another win tomorrow over current table-toppers Heriot’s – their last home game of the campaign.

But Leck has called for caution.

He said: “We’ve got to manage people’s expectations now. The players got a bit excited last week and so did a lot of other people, but there’s still a long way to go.

“I just hope people come and watch and support the boys because they take a huge amount from them.”