Warriors have made Samoa international wing Ed Fidow their fifth new signing for next season.
Fidow,25, will join Warriors from French Pro D2 club Provence during the summer on a two-year contract with his arrival co-inciding with the departure of Bryce Heem who has confirmed that he will not be signing an extension to his contract which expires at the end of the season.
Fidow has scored eight tries in seven international appearances including a hat-trick in a Rugby World Cup qualifier against Germany in Apia last June having first made his mark on the international Sevens circuit.
Fidow previously played for Brisbane City in Australia’s National Club Championship and for Bordeaux-Begles in France’s Top 14 competition and is relishing the prospect of playing in the Gallagher Premiership for the first time.
Fidow’s arrival date at Sixways has yet to be confirmed but is subject to his international commitments with Samoa.
Fidow will join fellow wing Melani Nanai, who has been recruited from Super Rugby side Blues, Leicester Tigers lock Graham Kitchener, Northland scrum-half Jono Kitto and Connacht tighthead prop Conor Carey as the new faces in Warriors’ squad next season.
Fidow’s recruitment will help to counter-balance the loss of Heem who has opted to pursue his career outside of the Gallagher Premiership.
Since he arrived in England from Waikato Chiefs three years ago, Heem has become Warriors’ leading Premiership try-scorer and a favourite with the Sixways crowd.
Solomons said: “Bryce has reached the point in his career where he has decided that he wants a different experience.
“We have tried our best to persuade him otherwise, but, unfortunately to no avail.
“He is a terrific player and a fantastic bloke who will be sorely missed. Whilst we are really sorry to see him go we wish him all the very best.”
Heem has scored 30 tries in 66 appearances for Warriors in all competitions including six in the Premiership this season.