Walker joins Worcester on loan
February 10, 2009
Gloucester's Willie Walker has joined Worcester on loan © Getty Images
Gloucester utility back Willie Walker has joined Worcester Warriors on loan until the end of the season.
Walker, who can play at fly-half or fullback, has made the move following the arrival at Kingsholm of former All Blacks fly-half Carlos Spencer last week on a 17-month deal. Walker will link up with Mike Ruddock's Warriors as their second loan fly-half of the season following London Irish's Eoghan Hickey.
Walker joined Gloucester in 2006 and has made 64 appearances for the side. "Willie is an outstanding professional and has made a significant contribution to us this season," said Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan. "He is versatile enough to be deployed in a number of positions and has been a valuable asset to the club since he joined three seasons ago.
"But the arrival of Carlos Spencer is likely to restrict his opportunities in the coming weeks and for that reason we feel it is prudent to look at this loan arrangement until the end of the season, where I am sure he will be a success at Worcester."
Worcester have been struggling with injuries to their backline this season, with All Black centre Sam Tuitupou out for the season after sustaining cruciate ligmant damage and wing Chris Pennell out with a similar injury.
"It's great news that Willie Walker has decided to join the club on loan. He is a proven premiership and international player with a lot of experience under his belt," said Worcester boss Mike Ruddock. "He can play in more than one position and he's very confident in other positions such as a 10, 12 or 15. He brings a winning attitude with him, he has played some really good rugby for a number of years now and that's great news for us.
"We have had quite a few number of well documented injury's in the back line and we still have half a season to go so with somebody of Willie's quality will be a great boost to us. I did talk to Willie last summer about potentially coming to us last season before he re-signed for Gloucester. So he is someone who I have followed and definitely admired."
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