Worcester Warriors have announced that tighthead prop Biyi Alo has signed a permanent deal to remain at Sixways.
Alo, who joined the club as injury dispensation cover for the 2016/17 season, has made nine appearances including his first Premiership game for Warriors in their New Year’s Day win over Harlequins.
Previously, the tighthead spent nearly six years in the Saracens set-up where he made his Premiership debut at Wembley in March 2015.
Alo started against Worcester Cavaliers as Saracens Storm claimed the Aviva A League title at Sixways in January 2015 before helping a young Saracens first-team lift the Anglo-Welsh later that year.
The talented forward combined playing for Loughborough University alongside studying for a degree in Sports Science, Sport Development and Sport Management before joining Saracens on a full-time basis, while he also enjoyed spells with Old Albanians and Bedford Blues.
On the international front, Alo was previously part of the England U20 squad which claimed the World Junior Championship crown in 2014 after victory over South Africa in Auckland.
“Biyi arrived at Sixways as cover but quickly established himself within the squad,” said head coach Carl Hogg.
“He has taken his opportunities within the European Challenge Cup and Anglo-Welsh Cup and that in turn has seen him rewarded with Premiership selection which is a testament to the work ethic that Biyi has shown.
“He is a fine scrummager and gives us front-foot ball with his big, powerful frame and we’re looking forward to seeing more of him on the field in the near future.”
Alo added: “I’ve quickly warmed to life at Worcester where I’ve got everything I need to progress as a player.
“The lads have been great and now I’m looking forward to playing my part in trying to help this team get up the Premiership table.”