Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Worcester Warriors have completed the signing of hooker Chris Brooker from Harlequins FC, with the player agreeing a deal to make the move to the Premiership club at the beginning of the new season. The 26 year old previously played for Bath Rugby before making the move to the London club and Twickenham Stoop in 2007, where he made 84 appearances during this time.
However, the hooker has hardly had any game time since 2012 when he injured his knee while playing against the Newcastle Falcons in the club’s Premiership winning campaign, merely two weeks before he was supposed to join up with the England national team squad for the Six Nations tournament. Speaking about the move to The Warriors, the England international spoke to the website of Harlequins FC where he stated that he has worked extremely hard since being on the sidelines and added that he cannot wait to get back on the field and get a tackle in.
Born in Bristol, the 26 year old was part of the England Saxons squad in 2012 before his career threatening injury and was also involved in the Under-21 squad back in 2006 when the team won the Grand Slam title. And the player, whose contractual details at The Warriors are yet to be released, admitted that the sixteen month injury lay-off was the lowest point in his career and at one point, he thought he would never be able to make his comeback to the sport.
He mentioned that things were going very well for him at that time, be it getting a call up for the senior squad or with Harlequins FC and all of a sudden, the injury came out of the blue and his world came crashing down, but he is hopeful of a fresh start.