TIGHTHEAD prop Nick Schonert has been released early from his Worcester Warriors contract as one of 20 players leaving the club this summer.

Schonert, 29, still has another year left on his current deal but he has been allowed an early exit from Sixways to talk to other clubs.

Rumours would suggest he is off to Sale Sharks and could well be involved with their push to win the Gallagher Premiership title during the play-offs.

Cornell du Preez is another who has been granted an early release from his contract, with France looking a potential destination for the Scottish international back-row forward.

Elsewhere, club centurion GJ van Velze will see his Worcester stay come to an end after seven years.

"This month brings me to the end of seven years at Worcester Warriors,” van Velze said.

“I am incredibly thankful and grateful to all the amazing Warriors supporters who make our sport what it is.

“Thank you to all my coaches, performance and medical staff over the years for your care, effort and tireless dedication making it possible for me to enjoy this time.

“Thank you to all my team-mates, as sharing special moments with a group you care about, is one of the most rewarding feelings.

“Lastly, but certainly not least, thank you to my family and especially my wife, Menanta, for their love and unwavering support throughout all the highs and lows.

“We are part of a special rugby family and respect for all is at the heart of rugby’s message.

“Thank you for all the memories. One chapter is closing, but I’m excited to open the next one.”

Also on the released list include flanker Marco Mama, winger Ed Fidow, prop Conor Carey, scrum-halves Jono Kitto and Michael Heaney, hooker and team captain Matt Moulds and Matti Williams.

Among those who we already know about; second-row George Merrick and prop Richard Palframan have both agreed to move to Newcastle Falcons.