OPENSIDE flanker Sam Lewis is to leave Warriors when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Lewis has become a crowd favourite with Sixways supporters since he joined Warriors from Ospreys midway through the 2014/15 season and he scored a hat-trick of tries in the Championship semi-final second leg victory over London Scottish.
Lewis, 31, joined Warriors’ 100 Club when he reached a century of appearances along with Graham Kitchener in the final match of last season against Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.
He has now made 121 appearances for the club, 95 as a starter, and scored 13 tries.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I will leave with a heavy heart,” Lewis said.
“That’s the nature of professional rugby I suppose. But I will leave with some fantastic memories, with winning the Premiership Rugby Cup two weeks ago being right up there.
“I’ve played with a lot of great boys in my time here and made some friendships that will last beyond rugby.
“I’m going to miss going out on the pitch with the boys. I have loved playing for Warriors and playing in front of the crowd here at Sixways who have been so supportive over the years.
“I really appreciate the support that I have had over the years from the crowd and also from the coaches and back-room staff that I have worked with.
“I’m not sure what my plans are yet but I am looking forward to becoming a dad.”
Lewis began his career with Swansea in the Welsh Premiership and was then signed by Ospreys for whom he made 65 appearances. a
“Sam has been unlucky with injury since I have been here but he has been a great servant to the club for the last seven years,” said Warriors Lead Rugby Consultant Steve Diamond.
“We thank Sam for his commitment to the club and we wish him all the very best for the future.”