HOOKER Niall Annett is set to be rewarded with a new contract at Worcester Warriors after making an “outstanding” comeback from injury.

The Irishman is understood to have turned down an offer from another Gallagher Premiership club to extend his Sixways stay for another season.

Speaking in early February, Annett admitted he was “a little uncertain” over his Warriors future with his current deal due to expire at the end of the campaign.

But the 27-year-old has won over boss Alan Solomons with a string of impressive displays as he played a starring role in Warriors’ 39-17 victory against Sale Sharks last Saturday.

With Singleton expected to join Saracens Annett’s fine form has delighted Solomons who is close to completing the retention process.

Annett has made 70 appearances in four seasons at Worcester and is set to compete with Joe Taufete'e, Isaac Miller and Beck Cutting for the number two jersey next term.

Asked whether Annett had secured a contract extension, Solomons said: “Hopefully during the course of the week you will get clarity on everything.

“Niall played really well (last Saturday) and I am really pleased for him.

“In my first season here he didn’t play due to injuries and he has had his ups and downs with a few other injuries.

“But he has come back and played some fabulous rugby.”

Annett has become a popular figure at Sixways since joining the club from Ulster in the summer of 2014 as he scored a crucial try in the first leg of the Championship play-off final with Bristol.

The former Ireland under 20 captain then cement himself as first-choice hooker in his first season in the Premiership.

However he was restricted to just nine appearances during the 2016-17 campaign and missed the entire 2017-18 season due to a series of injuries.

Annett has also had his setbacks this term but has bounced back to make 18 outings, half of those coming in the Premiership.

“Niall is over the injury problems which I think held him back and now he is full steam ahead,” Solomons said.

“Whenever he plays well he generates confidence and that makes him play better the next time and the confidence keeps building.”

Wing Josh Adams who is due to join Cardiff Blues in the summer to extend his international career with Wales said Annett had been one of Warriors’ best players in recent weeks.

“He was outstanding (against Sale),” Adams said.

“Since he has come back from his injury he has really shown up well.

“His lineout throwing is always on the money and I thought his work in the breakdown (last Saturday) was excellent.

“He slowed a lot of ball down and got a vital turnover for us on the five-metre line.

“I think he has been outstanding and probably been one of our best players since he has come back to be honest with you."

On Annett’s contract situation, Adams added: “That’s not for me to comment on.

“I think Niall and whoever else will be having conversations.

“But he has certainly proven that he is a top-class player.”