WORCESTER tighthead prop Marc Thomas says he is "enjoying rugby again" after signing a one year extension to his contract with the Warriors.

Welshman Thomas was brought in ahead of the 2020/21 season in November having spent the second part of the last campaign with fellow Premiership club Harlequins and has impressed the Worcester coaches in his seven appearances so far.

Before his move to Quins, Thomas feared his professional career was over but fast forward a year and head coach Jonathan Thomas admits his former Ospreys teammate is pushing for a starting place.

“Marc is someone that I actually played with at Ospreys around ten years ago,” he said.

“What I really admire about Marc is that he has done it the hard way. He was part of the Ospreys set-up and it’s easy for players to fall off the cliff when they are let go.

“But he has such a desire – especially for scrummaging – and went around the Championship clubs and made a really good name for himself and fought his way back.

“The biggest thing you need in this league, especially in the front row, is depth. Marc has a superb attitude and a mindset to work hard.

“He’s done so well for us that he has forced a few starts so we are really pleased.”

Marc began his career in South Wales with the Ospreys in 2012 and made 42 appearances for the region in four years before moving to Cardiff Blues.

The 30-year-old prop then moved across the border and cut his teeth in the Greene King Championship with the likes of Yorkshire Carnegie and Doncaster Knights.

When it was looking like his career was coming to a premature end, Quins handed him a shot in the English top-flight on a short contract last year.

“I am really enjoying my time here,” said Marc Thomas.

“A year ago I didn’t really expect to be playing pro rugby again. But I got the opportunity to go to Quins and then here through JT.

“I am enjoying my rugby again. I feel refreshed, getting good game time and learning loads from top coaches.”