Excited by move to Wasps

Andy Goode will be leaving Worcester Warriors at the end of the season and will go to London Wasps

My move to Wasps next season was finally announced this week.

I will be playing in a back line along with the likes of Joe Simpson, Elliot Daly, Christian Wade, Andrea Masi and Tom Varndell - so it’s fairly obvious that I will be looking forward to the 2013/14 season.

If I am honest, I was expecting to finish my career with Worcester, but it wasn’t to be.

I spoke to a number of clubs before reaching an agreement with Wasps and now I am looking forward to working with director of rugby Dai Young as well as the new coach, Stephen Jones.

Dai has done a tremendous job turning the club’s fortunes around after a difficult first season where injuries and financial uncertainties made his job all the more difficult.

Now, Wasps are pushing for the play-offs and play a good brand of rugby that suits the way I like to play.

Stephen has just retired from playing and not only will he know the modern game inside out but he will have years of top-flight experience with Wales and the British & Irish Lions to pass on and use as a coaching tool.

I have been signed by Wasps to offer a bit of experience to a young and exciting back line but I always say you are never too old to learn new things and having Stephen there as a coach will be good for me - and big boots to fill on the field.

It’s very exciting, as will hooking up with my old Leicester Tigers team mate Tom Varndell again. Me and Tom played together for a few years at Welford Road and always had a good relationship there. If he can score tries next season like he is this year, we will be doing well.

My fly-half partner here at Worcester, Joe Carlisle, will also be at Wasps next season after signing for them a few weeks ago.

He is my best mate at Sixways so it will be great to continue our relationship by playing for the same club again.

I’ll miss Worcester when I go. The fans and the people at the club were very welcoming to me when I joined them and to hear the fans chanting my name during games at the ground will stay with me for a long time to come.

The supporters are a tremendously loyal bunch and Friday nights at Sixways have been amazing for the last three years.

I’ll be trying to make sure that I go out on a high over the final five weeks of the season.

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657 Warrior said...

09 March 2013 05:49,

Gutted to see you leave Sixways Andy been a pleasure...

Taxi for Mr Hill!!

lovedavr said...

07 March 2013 16:09,

Welcome to Wasps Andy, look forwatd to watching your contribution and pushing up our kick %.

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