Worcester Warriors have announced that wing Bryce Heem has opted to pursue his career outside of the Premiership after four seasons playing in England.
Since he arrived in England from the Chiefs, Heem has become Warriors’ leading Premiership try-scorer and a favourite with the Sixways crowd.
Director of rugby Alan Solomons said: “Bryce has reached the point in his career where he has decided that he wants a different experience.
“We have tried our best to persuade him otherwise but, unfortunately, to no avail.
“He is a terrific player and a fantastic bloke who will be sorely missed. Whilst we are really sorry to see him go we wish him all the very best.”
Heem has scored 30 tries in 66 appearances for Warriors in all competitions, including six in the Premiership this season.
The Warriors have therefore moved to bring in Ed Fidow, who joins the club from French Pro D2 side Provence on a two-year contract.
Fidow has scored eight tries in seven international appearances, including a hat-trick in a Rugby World Cup qualifier against Germany in Apia last June having first made his mark on the international Sevens circuit.
Fidow previously played for Brisbane City in Australia’s National Club Championship and for Bordeaux-Begles in France’s Top 14 competition and is relishing the prospect of playing in the Gallagher Premiership for the first time.
“I am delighted to be joining Worcester Warriors. The opportunity to test myself against the very best in England was too good to turn down,” Fidow said.
“I would like to thank Alan Solomons and his coaching team for giving me the opportunity to join such a historical club. I will be working very hard to help my new team-mates and to show the Warriors supporters my best rugby.”