WORCESTER Warriors have competed the signing of Harlequins and Welsh international hooker Scott Baldwin ahead of the 2021/22 season.

The 32-year old will link up with ex-Ospreys teammate and Worcester head coach Jonathan Thomas as he makes the move from The Stoop, where he has been since 2019.

This came after a ten year stay in South Wales with the Ospreys, where he made 162 appearances for the region.

Baldwin has 34 caps for Wales following his debut in 2013 and was first-choice in 2015 before falling out of favour a few years later, hence the move to England and thus, ending his Welsh career due to playing outside of the country.

Since his move to London the hooker has impressed and this season has appeared in the Premiership's team of the week.

He will become the sixth signing for next season after the likes of Jack Owlett, Duhan van der Merwe, Will Chudley, Christian Judge and Willi Heinz all signed up for the 2021/22 campaign.

There has been plenty of speculation about Baldwin's move to Worcester. He was reported to have signed a deal at the start of the year but more recently it was also suggested he was going to stay in London with Quins.

But he will make the move this summer and become another member of the 'Worcester-Welsh-Ospreys' club.

Head coach Thomas, attack coach Matt Sherratt and centre Ashley Beck all played and worked alongside Baldwin at the Ospreys, whilst new assistant coach Mark Jones was involved with the Welsh set-up during Baldwin's time in the red shirt.

“We are really pleased that Scott has signed for us,” Jonathan Thomas said.

“I know Scott well from his Ospreys days and, as with Willi Heinz, we feel that he will bring good leadership to the team.

“He has been in the Premiership Team of the Week for the last few weeks which clearly shows that he is still one of the best hookers in the competition.

“But we also feel that he can help to bring through our young hookers like Beck Cutting and help to develop them as well as adding experience."