SCRUM-HALF Jonny Arr says he is going to miss playing with a Worcester Warriors badge emblazoned on his jersey.

But the homegrown star insists his move to National One part-timers Birmingham Moseley will make his “transition away from the game as easy as possible”.

Ever since he joined Worcester’s junior section aged seven Arr has been pulling on a blue and gold shirt and giving his all for his boyhood club.

The number nine made his senior debut in 2007 and went on to play 217 more times for Warriors, making him the fourth highest appearance maker in the club’s history.

But having bid farewell to the Sixways faithful on the final match of last season the 30-year-old is starting to come to terms with life away from Warriors.

“There is going to be a lot that I am going to miss,” Arr said.

“I have been turning up to Sixways for 12 years so that structure and routine of turning up to work at the same place is going to be strange to not continue with.

“I will miss a lot of my team-mates. I have met a lot of good guys there and a lot of them are staying on.

“I suppose deep down I will miss just playing rugby with a Worcester badge on.


“I have invested so much of my life into it and I would have liked to have left after fulfilling the ambition of the club to jump into that top six.

“But I am sure the guys there will continue to do the good work and will get the club there.”

Arr said he had intended on extending his professional playing career following his departure from Warriors.

But once former Worcester team-mate Adam Balding, now director of rugby at Moseley, got in touch Arr admitted his plans started to change.

“When I was told that there was going to be no contract renewal at Worcester immediately things turned to finding a new club,” Arr said.

“At that point in time I had ambitions to keep going at the highest level I could play.

“I spent the first couple of months with that as my goal.

“But as time moved on things didn’t progress in the way I wanted them to so that was when I started having talks with lower league clubs and having conversations away from rugby as well.

“One of those was with Moseley.

“Adam gave me a phone call not long after the announcement from Warriors (that I was leaving) and he asked me what my plans were and one chat led to another.

“As time moved on my goals shifted a little bit and other opportunities started coming my way and the one at Moseley was a good fit for me moving forward.

“Knowing Adam from his time at Worcester I know what a good job he will be able to do at the club.

“I made the decision to go for it and join him on his journey.”

Arr who gained a first-class honours degree in leadership and management four years ago said he was now looking to carve out a “second career” away from the game.

“We can’t play rugby forever, so I am going to have to make a transition away from it at some point,” Arr added.

“By going to Moseley and playing on a more part-time basis presents itself with an opportunity for me to make a start in planning for my future and making a start for my second career.

“So when I do decide to hang up the boots I won’t be starting from scratch as I would have had a good couple of years of combining work and rugby to make my transition away from the game as easy as possible.

“Opportunities to remain in the game full-time were still there but they weren’t the right fit for me.

“I felt that the prospect of going to Moseley and working alongside that was the best fit for me and my future going forward.”