Veteran winger Chris Ashton reveals he seized the chance to join Worcester because he ‘didn’t want to waste the next six months’ at Harlequins
- The 33-year-old has joined the Warriors until the end of the 2021-22 season
- Ashton has high hopes of becoming the Premiership’s all-time top try-scorer
- The winger has previously played for Sale, Toulon, Saracens and Northampton
Chris Ashton has revealed that a desire to avoid wasting time at the end of his career sparked his abrupt, mid-season move from Harlequins to Worcester.
The Warriors have signed the 33-year-old former England wing until the end of next season, becoming his fifth club in four years. Ashton craved renewed purpose and motivation.
‘Sometimes personalities don’t match and faces don’t fit,’ he said. ‘I just had to face up to it and so did the hierarchy at Quins. They had similar views to me; that maybe it hasn’t worked and it might be beneficial to move on.
The Warriors confirmed the signing of former England winger Chris Ashton on Monday
The 33-year-old left Harlequins after just 10 months to join Premiership rivals Worcester
‘If I’m not playing and don’t feel that I’m contributing, I’m happy to try to find that opportunity elsewhere. I’ve only got a short period left in my career. I didn’t want to miss the next six months.’
Ashton, a showman by nature, admitted that the lack of crowds has affected him, adding: ‘I’ve really struggled with that. That’s why it’s a good thing being here at Worcester, focusing on other things as opposed to wanting to be out there scoring in front of a crowd.
‘It is a big part of why I play the game. I hope I don’t have to get used to it for too much longer.’
The winger scored 100 points in 44 appearances for England between 2010 and 2018
Ashton insisted his ill-fated Quins spell has not hurt his chances of becoming the Premiership’s all-time top try-scorer. He is on 88, four behind Tom Varndell’s try record.
‘I’d love to break the record,’ he said. ‘I’m close to it, but the main goal was just to beat Mark Cueto (second with 90).’
Ashton’s Quins exit came shortly after that of director of rugby Paul Gustard. On Tuesday, the former England defence coach confirmed he will join Italian side Benetton this summer as assistant coach.